Mentors have been an integral part of RECLAIM since we began in 2007. A RECLAIM mentor provides a listening ear, guidance and support to a young person at a crucial time in their life, which has an incredible long-term impact on both the young person and their community.

Mentoring with RECLAIM is extremely rewarding, as it gives you the opportunity to build a valuable personal relationship with a young person in your area. It also helps you to develop new skills, increase your confidence and is a chance to discover new places in your city!

“Mentoring has helped me to realise some things I struggle with too, and has helped me to see I’ve grown from where I was a few years ago” Mentor, 2016

This role requires a larger level of commitment than some other volunteering roles. Mentors offer regular one to one pastoral support to a young person over an extended time period, contributing to their mentee’s positive personal development as a young leader. Mentors and mentees meet up roughly every two weeks, deciding between them when and where is most suitable to meet.  All mentors will require an enhanced DBS check, which is paid for by RECLAIM.

RECLAIM mentors have regular training sessions to improve their skills and knowledge surrounding mentoring, safeguarding and youth work, and have regular contact with RECLAIM staff to support their mentoring relationships.

"Since I’ve had a mentor I’ve been more confident in myself.  It’s easier to tell someone that’s not in your family your problems. It’s helped me to talk openly about my feelings and given you information to help solve my own problems." Moss Side Girls participant, 2016