Volunteer Mentor

Volunteer mentors engage with people who have recently been, or are soon to be, released from prison.  Volunteers are required to be able to use an online case-management system (training will be given) to report on their progress with a Service User after every meeting.

Volunteer mentors will report to a Footprints staff member who will support and supervise them. The role involves signposting ex-offenders to the relevant specialist services that they require to assist them in rebuilding their lives, acting as advocate when necessary, establishing clear lines of communication, and making referrals to agencies working in the following areas: Housing, employment, education, debt, benefits, substance abuse and dependency, health and family. Volunteers aim towards agreed targets with Service Users, assessing progress along the way. 


Volunteer mentors will attend a bespoke core training programme, which draws upon an accredited course developed by the Community Chaplaincy Association. This includes training around appropriate boundaries, data protection and case-management. New mentors will also be given the opportunity to shadow more experienced mentors or staff until they feel ready to take on their own service user. We also provide refresher training where volunteers liaise and attend workshops on related topics.


  • Accessibility
  • Age restrictions
    Volunteers must be over 21
  • DBS check required
  • Equal Opportunities Policy
  • Expenses reimbursed
  • Health and Safety Policy
  • Ongoing support
    Yes Supervision
  • Training provided
    Two day induction training.
  • Volunteer induction
  • Volunteer Policy
  • Volunteers covered by insurance
  • Written role description

When can I volunteer?

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Morning No No No No No No No
Afternoon No No No No No No No
Evening No No No No No No No


This opportunity can be carried out whilst working from home.

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