Mentors are sought for youngsters

Mentors are being sought to help shape the future lives of youngsters in the county.

Youth Link is a peer mentoring service for young people living in Blyth, that recruits and trains young volunteers aged 18 to 25 to mentor and support younger young people aged 12-18.

Support can include listening in a non judgemental way and talking through problems, encouraging the development of confidence and self esteem, supporting a young person to get involved in their community, and encouraging young people to identify and access specialist support services.

The volunteer training is accredited at level 2 through the One Awards and Youth Link has been awarded the approved provider standard by the National Mentoring and Befriending Foundation.

One of the service’s volunteers, Rachael Guthrie, who has been volunteering at Blyth Youth Link since February 2014 and has so far mentored two youngsters, was shortlisted for the ‘Volunteer of the Year’ Award at the Northumberland’s Finest Awards 2015.

Rachael said: “I feel proud to be part of such a supportive group and I am thankful to Youth Link for giving me the fantastic opportunities that they have.”

Youth Link are currently recruiting volunteer peer-mentors, and enquiries can be made to Stephanie Cole on (01670) 353394 or at stephanie.cole@children-ne.org.uk