Le Chéile Mentoring seeking Dublin Mentors with ‘open hearts & minds’

by Rachel Darcy

Le Chéile Mentoring, the national volunteer mentoring and family support service, has launched a new recruitment campaign seeking Dubliners to become mentors of young people and parents.

The campaign comes ahead of National Volunteering Week, which runs from September 21 to 27. They are seeking potential youth and parent mentors who want to help change lives for the better.

Le Chéile provides a one-to-one mentoring service for young people and parents referred by the Probation Service, An Garda Síochána and the Oberstown Children Detention Campus.

Young people mentored are generally between the ages of 12 and 23 years, are at risk of offending or re-offending, and have vulnerabilities or issues requiring help. Mentors for young people must be over 21 years and mentors for parents over 25 years.

Since 2011, a total of 219 young people and 79 parents have been supported by Le Chéile across North Dublin.

Cormac Ryan, Project Officer with Le Chéile in Dublin, said: “Mentors come from all walks of life but they each have one thing in common and that is a passion to make a difference and help people find their way in life. Mentoring is as simple as having a friendly chat with someone and talking through the issues that may be going on for them. It can be a catch-up over coffee, a walk in a local park, or a trip to the cinema.

“For young people, mentoring provides stability and helps to build their self-esteem and sense of belief about what they can be and do. It’s about showing them life’s possibilities, that they have something to contribute, helping them set goals and making positive choices. For parents it’s about giving advice and encouragement on different issues that can arise looking after their children. It’s about sharing parenting skills, building confidence and reducing stress.

“We are looking for mentors with open hearts and open minds. People who can relate easily to the young people and parents they are mentoring. People who, above all, never give up on someone. People who listen and care. I would encourage anyone who thinks they fit the bill to get in touch and apply to be a mentor today.”

To apply to become a Le Chéile mentor, or for more information on mentoring, contact Maxine Kelly, Le Chéile National Volunteer Development Officer, by phone on 087 2016801 or by email at maxine@lecheile.ie Applications can also be made online at www.lecheile.ie/volunteer ahead of the closing date on Friday October 16.

For more information on the work of Le Chéile, including its family support and restorative justice services, visit www.lecheile.ie

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