AP Foundation are proud to announce our new mentor training initiative, under the government’s Kickstart Scheme. We are seeking 30, responsible as well as enthusiastic individuals that are looking to pursue a meaningful career in peer mentoring.
Applicants should be aged between 16-24 and claiming Universal Credit. Subject to interview and Enhanced DBS checks being carried out, all successful candidates will be placed on an intense AP Foundation peer mentor training programme.
Our aim is to be the leading peer mentoring organisation in the country and we will achieve this by employing, managing, training and empowering mentors, making them the best in the industry. We want to make peer mentoring a career choice as opposed to a volunteering vocation which seems to be industry standard, that in our view is not sustainable and detrimental to the task in hand.
Mentors are required to work 25 hours a week over a six month period. They will receive full support from the AP Foundation mentoring tuition team, lead by David Frederick.
Our service users are young individuals aged between 10 and 15 years old who are at high risk of getting into, or have got into trouble with the law and need a helping hand in guiding them to become positive members of the community.
AP Foundation is a peer mentoring charity based in London with aspirations to prove a working model that can be replicated in every town and city in the UK.
Our main tool in doing this is peer mentoring…
Peer mentoring is a form of mentorship that usually takes place between a person who has lived through a specific experience (peer mentor) and a person who is new to that experience (the peer mentee). An example would be an experienced student being a peer mentor to a new student, the peer mentee, in a particular subject, or in a new school. Peer mentors are also used for health and lifestyle changes. For example, clients, or patients, with support from peers, may have one-on-one sessions that meet regularly to help them recover or rehabilitate. Peer mentoring provides individuals who have suffered from a specific life experience the chance to learn from those who have recovered, or rehabilitated, following such an experience. Peer mentors provide education, recreation and support opportunities to individuals. The peer mentor may challenge the mentee with new ideas, and encourage the mentee to move beyond the things that are most comfortable. Most peer mentors are picked for their sensibility, confidence, social skills and reliability. – Wikipedia
It is undisputable that the better the mentor, the better the outcomes.
Taking inspiration from Maslows ‘Hierarchy of Needs’ our mentors ensure that our service users construct a solid foundation on which to build or sometimes re-build their lives.
AP Foundation has built many bridges with various organisations on which our mentees can walk. We can arrange apprenticeships and traineeships. Help with employment and work experience; offer NVQ’s and other accredited qualifications; and even train to become a mentor.
The programme starts with a ten week ‘boot-camp’ which, once completed, gives the service user an NVQ in Life Skills, Business and Administration Level 1. This is the platform on which the peer mentoring and signposting begins.
We know that every person that joins our foundation will leave a more positive, focused and worthy individual who will also inspire others in their community to be the same.
AP FOUNDATION – BUILDING POSITIVE FUTURES
We are looking to recruit and train a team of fundraisers. This is a very exciting role within the fundraising department and we are looking for candidates keen to develop their career within community fundraising.
You will work with the management of the AP Foundation to raise funds, generate income, making sure their fundraising activities meet annual targets, raise their profile and enhance their reputation in line with their values.
The Trainee Fundraiser will identify, qualify and develop income opportunities in line with their income plan, strategy and values, research, develop and maintain new relationships to secure funding, write tailored, inspirational high quality applications and project reports addressing grant-making priorities or requirements.
Fundraisers will learn how to plan, develop, implement cross channel direct marketing retention campaigns (through telephone, email, direct mail) and supporter journeys as well as upgrade campaigns in order to retain and maximise income and engagement from existing supporters as well as growing the charity’s community fundraising programme.
Working closely with a supportive management team, duties will include:
- Responsible for developing and managing a portfolio of community fundraising activities
- Grow fundraising income from community and voluntary relationships
- Research potential local and community fundraising opportunities
- Develop local partnerships to grow community fundraising income, including schools, churches, etc
- Work with the communications team to promote fundraising initiatives
- Work with local community leaders to raise awareness of and support for the charity
Candidates should be aged between 16 – 24 years and in receipt of Universal Credit:
- Confident communicator with the public, with ability to positively influence and persuade people to support your own ideas.
- Able to motivate and inspire.
- Ability and willingness to travel regularly across the area
For further details or to apply, please email a copy of your up to date CV in the first instance to firstname.lastname@example.org