Mid Sussex mentors needed to help young people get into employment


A new project which aims to mentor young people into employment is looking to recruit more volunteers.

Positive Placements is a YMCA Downs Link Group led project funded by Mid Sussex District Council.

It was set up in February this year and has recruited and trained adult mentors from a wide variety of backgrounds to work with vulnerable young people aged 16-25 who are not in Education, Employment or Training.

Mentors support young people to identify and work towards goals and overcome any barriers that they may be facing, such as low confidence, lack of work experience, issues with attendance or interview preparation.

Positive Placements is looking for volunteer mentors who have one to two hours spare per week and are able to commit to mentoring a young person for at least six months.

Full training and ongoing support is offered, and all volunteers will need to undergo a DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check that will be paid for by the project.

Kensa Cooper, community and volunteer engagement coordinator for the project said: “No particular experience is needed but a passion to support a young person to make positive choices in their life, patience and a sense of humour are all welcome.

“We are particularly keen to hear from people in East Grinstead, but happy to hear from others too.”

Anyone interested in finding out more about volunteering should contact kensa.cooper@ymcadlg.org for more information.