Who are Murray Hall & what is Shield?
At Murray Hall We believe that people are the agents of change in their own lives & our work is about developing self-esteem & a feeling of self-worth within communities & individuals.
We take a community development approach working to promote positive social change, empowering communities while reflecting & being sensitive to their needs & diversity.
Shield is a Project within Murray Hall that was commissioned with the aim of providing help to young people (aged 5-19) in Sandwell to feel happier, healthier & safer. We offer a range of evidence based interventions to support emotional wellbeing.
Ment4U is a new initiative designed to complement interventions already offered by Shield.
What does Ment4U offer young people?
Ment4U is a new Mentoring initiative developed with the aim of supporting young people (aged 5-19) in the following areas:
- Improve socialisation/social skills
- Confidence & self-esteem building
- Emotional Awareness
- Resilience building
Ment4U will offer young people a trained Volunteer who will meet with them on a 1:1 basis at either their school or a community venue for 6-8 sessions. Volunteers will work on specific target areas that a young person identifies at their first meeting; this could be ‘to meet new people in my area and make friends’ ‘Find a new hobby’ or simply ‘to be more confident’.
Volunteers will be trained in basic CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy) & Protective Behaviours techniques and will use these to provide a programme tailored to the needs of each individual young person.
What we’re looking for
- Be aged 19 or over.
- Have an ability to relate to & work with Young People.
- Be a good listener.
- Have an awareness of issues specific to young people (bullying, school issues, parents separating etc.)
- Computer literate.
- Be able to work creatively.
- Encourage young people to engage with others socially e.g. encouraging them to attend interest & hobby groups.
- Teach clients skills & coping mechanisms to increase self-esteem/confidence.
- Contribute to a blog that can be used to educate others & provide self-help support.
- Plan & attend presentations in schools & community organisations advertising the support Shield & Ment4U offer.
We would like Volunteers to:
- Be able to drive & have access to a car/ or be comfortable travelling on public transport
- Feel comfortable with social media
- Have the ability to assist Young People with school related tasks (literacy and numeracy)
If you would like to be involved in the Ment4U volunteering programme, or just want a bit more information about what we offer please:
Call the Shield Office on 01902 826 305
Or email firstname.lastname@example.org
You can also download our leaflet for free so you can give it to anyone you think might be interested in volunteering with Ment4U.