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ACCESS Mentor

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 to access the next step in their journey towards economic safety. 

The program seeks to:

  • increase women’s economic opportunities
  • improve women’s health and wellbeing, and
  • 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 women.  

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 goals
  • help mentees complete forms such as job applications
  • debrief with mentees after experiences or events such as a job interview, a difficult conversation or a setback
  • be willing to participate in training and support provided by WAGEC and other partners
  • 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
  • you have strong boundaries

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 six months)
  • are able to attend 12 hours of mentor induction and training (3 hours in person and 9 hours online)
  • are willing to undergo a selection process for your safety, our safety, and the safety of our clients

How to Apply

Please read to the Frequency Asked Questions before applying.

Applications for January 2021 have now closed and will reopen in June.