Male Volunteer mentor (Harwich and Dovercourt)

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Lads Need Dads is an award winning Not-For-Profit organisation that works across Tendring and Colchester providing long term male group mentoring for boys age 11-15 with absent fathers. We provide a personal development groupwork programme with outdoor activities, teach practical life-skills and provide boys and mentors with practical community volunteering opportunities.

We are currently looking to grow our team of mentors so we can expand provision in the HARWICH AND DOVERCOURT AREA.

Commitment Time: one evening per week during term time for 2.5 hours. Attend and take part in four outdoor activities and bush-craft survival training during the school holidays / half terms / Saturdays.

Areas of Involvement: Commitment to developing supportive relationships with a small group of programme participants involved in the Lads Need Dads Equip Programme.

Venue: Colchester or Tendring

What skills do I need?

  • A background in working with young people an advantage, though not essential as full training will be given.
  • Sincere desire to help young males achieve personal and developmental goals.
  • Ability to communicate with males age 11 to 15 openly and non-judgmentally.
  • Strong listening skills.
  • Practical problem-solving skills and ability to suggest options and alternatives.
  • Sensitivity to persons of different educational, economic, cultural or racial backgrounds.
  • Ability to maintain boundaries and confidentiality.
  • Willingness to commit to volunteering for at least 6 months.
  • An interest / experience in bush-craft / outdoor activities an advantage, but not essential.
  • Practical DIY skills a bonus but not essential
  • A good sense of humour!
  • Willingness to participate in initial and ongoing training sessions.
  • A good sense of humour!


  • Accessibility
  • DBS check required
  • Equal opportunities policy
  • Expenses reimbursed
  • Health and Safety Policy
  • Ongoing support
  • Suitable for under 18s
  • Training provided
  • Volunteer induction
  • Volunteer policy
  • Volunteers covered by insurance
  • Written role description

When can I volunteer?

Start Date: 04/01/2021

End Date: 04/01/2022

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