Midlands volunteers to mentor teens

Damian Moran

Reporter:

Damian Moran

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Volunteers from all around Offaly and the Midlands recently completed their training with Le Chéile Mentoring & Youth Justice Project to become Mentors to young people.

Volunteers from all around Offaly and the Midlands recently completed their training with Le Chéile Mentoring & Youth Justice Project to become Mentors to young people.

The newly trained mentors will be meeting once a week with a young person in their nearby community, and support the teen to make positive choices and try new hobbies and activities. Volunteers are fully supported through their match and activity costs are covered.

Mentor Co-ordinator Helen McCarthy thanked the volunteers, and said, “As Mentors, just being there for a vulnerable teenager can make a huge difference in their lives. The young people we work with often don’t have that time with a supportive adult to listen and encourage them.”

Also present at the end of training and congratulating the trainees were Probation Officers Joy Hanlon and Dermot Lavin, representing the Probation Service which funds the project.

For more information on Le Chéile, visit www.lecheile.ie or contact Helen McCarthy on 086-7966441 / Helen@lecheile.ie