Mentor - ACCESS Program

Volunteer

About the organisation

Women’s and Girls’ Emergency Centre (WAGEC) is a Sydney based non-government, not-for-profit charitable organisation that delivers a range of crisis and early intervention accommodation and support services to women, children and families who are impacted by the effects of domestic and family violence or homelessness.

About the role

The ACCESS program creates pathways to training, education and employment opportunities for women to rebuild their future after experiencing homelessness and/or domestic violence. Women are supported by volunteer mentors who assist them in creating and implementing personal plans to reach their identified goals.

The program seeks to:

  • increase women’s economic opportunities and independence
  • improve women’s health and wellbeing
  • empower women and provide opportunities for connecting with community
  • build on women’s strengths to improve their confidence, resilience and capabilities.

What's in it for you?

Being a mentor is a unique experience and will provide you with the opportunity to:

  • gain professional, specialist training and experience to add to your work and volunteer history
  • improve your coaching, mentoring and leadership skills
  • contribute to creating a positive change in a woman’s life by supporting her to achieve her goals
  • gain meaningful exposure to potential career opportunities for supporting women.

You will be supported along the way. We will provide you with:

  • access to specialised training and support, including financial capacity building, trauma informed practice, understanding and addressing domestic violence, and mentoring fundamentals
  • a mutually beneficial relationship with your mentee, based on shared interests and values
  • a certificate of completion
  • knowledge and skills you can use in your professional, volunteer, and personal life
  • regular supervision and support
  • opportunities to connect with other mentors, mentees, corporate and community partners at events, training and online communities.

About you

As a mentor you will:

  • be a good listener
  • be respectful, open-minded and non-judgmental
  • be consistent and reliable
  • celebrate mentee achievements and encourage mentees
  • provide guidance, encouragement, support and companionship
  • help mentees access information and resources to support their financial literacy
  • help mentees complete forms such as job applications
  • debrief with mentees after experiences or events such as a job interview, a difficult workplace conversation or an exam
  • be willing to participate in training and support provided by WAGEC and other partners, to broaden your knowledge and skills
  • provide regular reports and feedback to WAGEC about your relationship with your mentee, and the ACCESS mentoring program.

You would make a great ACCESS mentor if:

  • you are curious about other people
  • you want to make a positive difference in someone’s life
  • you are passionate about gender equality and women’s empowerment
  • you share our values
  • you have spare time and want to use it to do something meaningful
  • you like to connect with people from all walks of life and all backgrounds.

Eligibility

You can apply to be a volunteer mentor with this exciting program, if you:

  • identify as a woman
  • are over 18 years of age
  • have time to dedicate to your mentee (average four hours per month for a minimum of six months from March to September 2020)
  • are able to attend 12 hours of mentor induction and training
  • are willing to undergo a selection process for your safety, our safety, and the safety of our clients.

You do not necessarily need to be based in the same geographical location as your mentee, and we can consider your location on a case by case basis during the matching process. The mentoring relationship may consist of a mix of face to face catch ups, online, or via telephone.

How to Apply

To apply, read our Frequently Asked Questions (pdf) and complete an application form before Thursday 30 January 2020.