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Volunteer as a Mentor

The ISPCC offers a Mentoring service to both young people and parents in: Limerick, Clare, Galway and Castlebar, County Mayo.

Volunteers give of their time to help the ISPCC offer support to young people and adults in this way.

Youth Mentoring involves a young person being matched with a volunteer and the pair meeting weekly with the aim of first improving the young person’s social skills, before then helping the young person to learn new coping skills and improve their self-confidence.

Parent Mentoring involves parents in need of additional support being linked with a volunteer and the pair also meeting on a weekly basis. The aim of this partnership is to support the parent so they can meet the needs of their family to the best of their ability.

ISPCC Mentoring volunteers receive ongoing training and support, with weekly meetings typically of 2 – 3 hours’ duration and all expenses fully reimbursed.

 

More about Mentoring

 

The ISPCC offers a Mentoring service to both young people and parents in: Limerick, Clare, Galway and Castlebar, County Mayo.

Volunteers give of their time to help the ISPCC offer support to young people and adults in this way.

Youth Mentoring involves a young person being matched with a volunteer and the pair meeting weekly with the aim of first improving the young person’s social skills.

To find out more about mentoring in Limerick and Clare, contact Jennifer Farrelly on 01 6767960 or email Jennifer.

This video was made with the suport of the mentors and mentees in Cork, who provided the case studies, and children from the ISPCC's Children's Advisory Committee in Cork (CAC) who portrayed the mentees in this video. 

To find out more about mentoring in Galway contact Jennifer Farrelly on 01 6767960 or email Jennifer.

Hi I’m Cody and I’m 16. I was referred to the ISPCC Mentoring service after I went through a very low time with my mental health.I felt trapped, confused and afraid that my family and friends would see me differently if I told them I'm gay. My feelings made me want to hide and  I stopped going to school. 

I’ve worked with my Mentor for about 10 months now. We’ve gone for walks, chatted and played football together in the park. They’ve accepted me from day one and always made me feel like I could tell them how I was feeling, even before I came out to anyone else. Even when I was feeling down or frustrated, they never failed to make me smile. With their support, I’ve become more confident in my own abilities and my own value as a person. 

A few weeks ago, I opened up about my sexuality to my mom and dad and two of my best friends. They were really happy I finally felt free to be myself. I feel like a weight has been lifted off my shoulders and I’m already back going to school three days a week. 

 

Cody's name has been changed to protect his identify. The photo used is for illustration only and bears no resemblance to those involved.

 

To find out more about mentoring in Mayo, contact Jennifer Farrelly on 01 6767960 or email Jennifer.

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