Mentoring charity begins recruitment drive in Offaly

Charlie Flynn

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Charlie Flynn

Mentoring charity begins recruitment drive in Offaly

 
Can you give 2-3 hours a week to offer support and encouragement to a vulnerable teenager? Mentoring charity, Le Chéile, is looking for men and women all over County Offaly to volunteer with teenagers at risk of offending or reoffending.

Mentoring works - Le Chéile has seen a 28% reduction in re-offending amongst its young people, according to a recent independent evaluation of its mentoring service. It also found that mentoring had significant impacts for young people over a wide range of areas, including self-confidence, hopefulness, communications, and engagement in positive activities.

Le Chéile’s mentors act as a friendly, supportive adult to young people. Once fully trained, mentors are matched with a young person and mentoring sessions take place once a week. These sessions aim to provide support and encouragement through carrying out different activities, working on goals or sometimes just meeting for a bite to eat and a chat. Volunteers come from all walks of life and bring different skills and experiences to mentoring.

“For many young people, this is the first time they get this type of one-to-one support from an adult and it makes a real difference. ‘One Good Adult’ makes all the difference. Our mentors too have told us how rewarding volunteering is and seeing their young person grow in confidence,” says CEO Anne Conroy.

Le Chéile is funded by Irish Youth Justice Services through the Probation Service, as part of Ireland’s European Structural and Investment Funds Programmes 2014-2020, which is co-funded by the Irish Government and the European Union.

For more information on volunteering with Le Chéile and to apply online, visit www.lecheile.ie