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How to become a mentor

What a mentor is

A Breakthrough mentor is someone who works alongside a service user to empower them to live a fulfilled life. They will work individually with the service user through activities that engage and motivate them to gain confidence, self-belief and to work towards independence.

Our mentors support people to develop positive experiences and relationships, enabling them to achieve, grow and develop new skills to realise their full potential.

Who we are looking for

Our placements are unique and varied, which requires us to have a diverse group of mentors. You don’t need to have any specific qualifications, just special qualities that enable you to support the service user to learn, grow and develop. However, if you do have a specific area of expertise or a vocational qualification in a particular field, this will be beneficial in utilizing your skills when matching you to a service user.

How to become a mentor

  • get in contact with us via phone or email if you would like to discuss becoming a mentor (contact details are at the bottom of this page)
  • complete an application form (this can be found in the downloads section on the right hand side of this page)

We will then:

  • send you a list of upcoming Breakthrough mentor training for you to choose a date to attend
  • complete the South Gloucestershire Council safer recruitment pathway and the Disclosure and Barring Service process (previously known as Criminal Records Bureau)

Once the safer recruitment and DBS processes has been completed, we will be in contact. The recruitment process takes around six weeks to complete, if you have any questions or would like an informal chat about becoming a mentor please call us on 01454 864449.

Our commitment to your development

As a Breakthrough mentor and an employee of South Gloucestershire Council, you will receive further training opportunities and continued professional development as part of your continued employment.

Working hours and rate of pay

Contract and weekly Hours: zero hours contract.

Working hours are flexible but will depend on availability of placements (these can be from 1.5 hours per week up to full-time).

Salary: from £12.17 – £12.86 per hour (this includes holiday pay and admin time – as part of the role, mentors are required to complete a diary sheet following each session)

For more information or for an informal chat contact us via:

Phone: 01454 864449


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