The Freedom Project is aimed at those who have additional barriers to moving on in life, such as homelessness, mental health issues, addiction recovery or a criminal record. It runs for 20 weeks and allows participants to gain work skills and experience within the six main areas of our operation as well as being able to access our own in-house training modules.
We are looking for people to support the delivery of the Ready for Work Club, working directly with participants to assist them with all aspects of job search, application and interview preparation and may support in the following ways:
- Regular support at our weekly Ready for Work Club – The specific support given is dependent on the requirements of the clients but is likely to include helping with online application forms; internet job searching; assistance with writing CVs and covering letters and providing advice in relation to job searching.
- Mock interview practice
- Job coaching sessions
- Information and advice on specific work sectors
- IT training
- Support in opening a bank account
- Debt advice / budgeting
- Disclosure advise
We welcome Skills Mentors from a wide variety of backgrounds. It is important that Skills Mentors are able to:
- Treat clients with respect and have a positive, non-judgemental attitude towards people
- Treat what is said as confidential
- Be a good listener and practice active listening skills
- Be willing to learn from clients as well as give them support
- Where possible, enable clients to do things for themselves rather than taking over and doing things for them
- Provide encouragement and motivation to clients to continue and persevere with their job search
- Input new ideas or suggestions to widen or improve job search success
- Identify where the client may benefit from additional training or coaching and feed this back to the Freedom Project manager
- Report back to the FP Manager with any questions or issues they are unable to deal with
Time Commitment: It is required you commit a minimum of around one session a month which is based around our “Ready for Work” club. We are still developing Ready for Work club at our Little Hulton base so a time and date is still to be confirmed. It is not expected that you attend this club every week, but rather that you would commit to some kind of regular pattern of attendance.
Expenses: We are able to refund volunteers for travel expenses and provide lunch.
Reporting to: Freedom Project Coordinator
If you would like to become a Skills Mentor, please visit How to apply.