Volunteer for Street Soccer: Become a Trained Mentor

By becoming a Street Soccer Volunteer Mentor means becoming a positive role model who is there to guide and advise the young people we support through our Academy and School programmes, all who are aiming to achieve certain development goals. This is your chance to help young individuals realise their true potential - through the power of football and mentoring.

What Is Mentoring?

Mentoring in its simplest terms is a relationship between two people with the ultimate goal of professional and personal development. As a "mentor" you are usually someone who will share their knowledge, experience, and general advice – with a less experienced person, or "mentee."

The Mentoring role is therefore a very important one in the context of our service provision – with its primary purpose to help drive personal growth, knowledge, understanding and development.

The Support A Young Person Needs

The causes of homelessness go beyond housing. Family relationship breakdowns are the main driver of youth homelessness, though many factors escalate to the point at which a young person cannot remain with their family. These reasons include: young people being thrown out for revealing their sexuality; involvement in offending; poverty; the introduction of a parent’s new partner; not being in education, employment or training; poor mental health; and domestic violence.

Becoming a Mentor for Street Soccer

Being a mentor for the Foundation does not require any special expertise. All we ask for is a minimum of 15 minutes per week for each young person you are supporting. That’s it. The most important skills are empathy and the ability to listen. Can you understand the challenges a young person is facing and see things from their point of view? Can you offer any advice, or even just encouragement, without passing judgment? If you can, you’re ready to sign up.

Help a young person find their purpose in life: MAKE A DIFFERENCE from today

** CLICK HERE to learn more on your anticipated time commitment, support you will receive, the various benefits involved, and the social value and impact your taking part can create.

Next Steps: How to Get Involved

You will first need to complete and return an Application Form. This can be downloaded HERE.

To ensure we deliver the best service and care possible to the young people we support, once we have received your application form, we will then look to provide you with FREE online Training to serve as a toolkit that can help you as an appointed volunteer mentor understand growth mindset and how to apply growth mindset strategies to many of the challenges that young adults face in life. This is after having consulted with the European Mentoring & Coaching Council.

Our ‘Growth Mindset for Mentors’ Training Course will explore the topic of growth mindset and provides our appointed mentors with specific strategies and language they can use to foster growth mindset in their mentees.

The online training course is led by our Head Mindset Coach, Ash Lawrence and will cover the following:

  • Fixed versus Growth mindset. How can you help young people?
  • The Coaching Process
  • Wheel of Life
  • GROW Model
  • NLP and Coaching Skills – to get the best from the young people

For any queries relating to volunteering and the mentoring role, or to submit your application form, please email: volunteer@streetsoccerfoundation.org.uk

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The Street Soccer Foundation Volunteer Mentor role adheres to the Investing in Volunteers practice: the UK quality standard for good practice in volunteer management.

Apply to Volunteer Today

The Street Soccer Foundation provides you with FREE initial Training to become an effective Mentor. Please email us today at: volunteer@streetsoccerfoundation.org.uk to become an official Street Soccer Mentor and we'll send you an Application Form to apply. Together, Changing Lives through Football.