What does it mean to mentor?

Mentors are recruited from the local community and volunteer some time each week to build a positive relationship with a referred young person.

Mentors need to:
– Like young people
– Care about the future of young people
– Be good listeners
– Mentors must be able to commit to regular weekly contact with the young person
– Satisfy a police check
– Have the ability to maintain working relationships
– Demonstrated understanding and tolerance of differences
– Have the ability to problem solve
– Have the ability to identify and respond to the needs of other people
– Have a willingness to help others
– Have a willingness to take responsibility
– Have a willingness to seek out and learn new skills and knowledge
– Have the ability to set goals and priorities.
– Demonstrate understanding of own strengths and weaknesses
– Demonstrate motivation for the task at hand

Mentors must commit to following our Code of Ethics:
– Respect for human dignity and the value of every person are at the heart of every action Mentors take and every decision Mentors make.

– Mentors recognise that respect for privacy and confidentiality are important safeguards against the inappropriate use of information.

– Mentors provide services that are respectful of the culture of people seeking those services. They therefore strive to create an environment that is free of discrimination, harassment and/ or victimisation in any form.

– Mentors demonstrate their commitment to serve the community by undertaking the In 2 Life Mentor Training and any other training appropriate to their role.

– Mentors will act both within the letter of law and the spirit of the law.

– Mentors respect the observance of reasonable direction by a person with authority to give such direction, policies and procedures and other instruments which define what is expected or required of volunteers.

– Mentors will be diligent in the discharge of their role and duties and not act in a way that is negligent.

– Mentors perform their duties and arrange their private affairs in such a manner as to ensure that public confidence and trust in the integrity and impartiality of the program is strong.