The New Year brings new opportunities, so why not become a mentor and make a difference in peoples lives. The Le Chéile mentoring projects in Offaly are looking for men and women to volunteer as mentors to young people or their parents, acting as a positive role model and encouraging change in their lives.
Volunteering is a great way of getting involved in the local community and great opportunity to make a difference as volunteering helps build stable, happier and more inclusive communities. Volunteers mentor young people or their parents and inspire positive change in their lives by being an influential role model. Claire Banks, a volunteer from Offaly believes volunteering is a chance to meet new people in the community. She commented, “I know I’m making a difference in their lives, what they don’t know is, they are changing mine.”
The Le Chéile mentoring project is a unique project, funded by the Probation Service. Mentoring focuses on being a positive role model to a young person and helping them improve pro-social behaviour, personal development, communication skills and positive lifestyle choices. Being a mentor doesn’t require a unique skill, just a willingness to try new activities, to listen and to support.
Midlands coordinator, Helen McCarthy reflects on the busy year Le Chéile had in 2012 noting, “We look forward to an equally busy year this year and hope to continue transforming the lives of both volunteers and the families involved.” Mentoring with Le Chéile requires a commitment of 2-3 hours a week and full training is provided. If you are interested in volunteering please contact: Helen McCarthy on 086-7966441 or Helen@lecheile.ie