The Prince’s Trust is calling for volunteers in Gainsborough to support young people on it’s programmes to help them into employment, education, or training.
With one in five of 16 to 24-year-olds in Lincolnshire currently not in education, employment or training, The Prince’s Trust programmes and support from local volunteers is essential to help young people meet their potential.
Volunteer progression mentors are needed across the trust’s programmes. The role is rewarding and challenging as mentors develop good working relationships with young people to help them develop their confidence and skills to move into employment.
Val Mayes, a Prince’s Trust progression mentor from Gainsborough, moved to Lincolnshire when she retired.
Looking for meaningful voluntary work she came across The Prince’s Trust progression mentor scheme and felt like her experience would lend its self well to the role.
She spent her career as a teacher in secondary school and then worked in a pupil referral unit with young people who had been excluded from school and had often been on the wrong side of the law.
She loved working with young people, finding it both challenging and rewarding.
Having had experience working with people who had struggled in school, Val recognised there was limited support available to everyone and wanted to help.
“Being a progression mentor has been so rewarding. At first I thought it would be difficult but the young people I have met have been extremely focused and motivated,” said Val.
Val is mentoring one young person, meeting them more often than required because she enjoys the sessions so much.
The young person wants to work in animal care and has very relevant experience. During sessions Val helps her to develop her CV, offers guidance and advice, and talks through possible job opportunities.
“It’s amazing to watch a young person’s get to the stage where they take control of their career despite all the challenges life has thrown at them,” she said.
“As well as providing support for young people, The Prince’s Trust have been great supporting me as volunteer; offering excellent training, advice, and making sure I am properly introduced to the people I work with.”
It’s been so worthwhile,” she added.