ROLE TITLE:  Young Person’s Mentor/Befriender  




This role will be based within CANW’s established Mentoring and Befriending service which offers support to young people between the ages of 10 – 17 in Blackburn with Darwen. Enthusiastic volunteer mentors are required to offer 2 hours a week building positive relationships with ‘Looked After Children’ and ‘Children In Need’ with an aim of enhancing their social skills, self-esteem and confidence. Volunteers will be appropriately matched and will have the opportunity to introduce the young person/people to new local social activities and networks whilst being encouraging and offering support.



  • You must be aged 18 or over to apply for this role
  • Enthusiastic and non-judgmental
  • Good communication skills and the ability to build a positive relationship with a young person
  • Experience and/or awareness of safeguarding young people
  • A willingness to attend relevant training and develop mentoring skills
  • Reliable and flexible to meet the needs of a young person
  • To commit for a minimum of 6 months from the date training has been completed
  • A valid driving licence and access to own transport
  • An awareness of local social facilities and support services
  • An awareness of the issues faced by ‘Looked After Children’ and ‘Children In Need’ would be advantageous



To be agreed with the young person on a mutually convenient basis – usually early evening or weekend. The minimum will be 2 hours per week per young person



This volunteering will take place specifically within Blackburn with Darwen



Volunteer Mentors are required now and then the opportunity will be on-going



  • Induction, training, supervision and development opportunities will be provided
  • An Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service checked against the Child’s Barred List and references will be sought for this role
  • Agreed out of pocket expenses, including travel, will be reimbursed



This is a fantastic opportunity to build a positive relationship with a local young person. You will develop your skills, experience and confidence around mentoring and befriending and will be particularly of interest to anybody wishing to pursue a career in Youth work or Health and Social Care.


If you are interested in this voluntary role or would like any more information, please contact Leanne Labrow, Volunteer Coordinator, CANW, 01254 244700,

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