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Mentoring Plus is committed to maximising inclusion irrespective of age, gender identity, sexuality, ethnicity, background, life experiences, disabilities, learning difficulties, lifestyle, beliefs etc, provided that individuals are able to meet the requirements of the role with appropriate support. We operate a strict equal opportunities policy for both adults and young people. Our central Bath premises have parking and are wheelchair accessible.

Safer Recruitment procedures will be followed including an enhanced DBS check and employment references taken and verified.

If you need any recruitment information in a more accessible format, please contact us and we will do our best to assist. 

Award-winning youth charity Mentoring Plus is seeking three or more new Trustees to join its Board, in advance of existing members coming to the end of their maximum nine-year tenure.

Since 1998 Mentoring Plus has been supporting children and young people struggling with education, family and emotional wellbeing. Every week our trained volunteer mentors, skilled professionals and youth workers reach over 150 young people across our region, offering time and space to get out of the house, pursue positive interests and reflect on the issues affecting them.

Young people tell us they feel happier, safer, more able to cope in the classroom and more confident about the future. Families appreciate better home relationships and direct support with school and accessing adult services. Schools report that students engage better with education, are more resilient and enjoy improved relationships, and staff are more able to understand individual needs and work alongside families to support them.

Based in Bath and working across Bath & NE Somerset and the surrounding region, Mentoring Plus has trebled in size in the last ten years and now has 22 staff and a turnover over £800,000. It holds two local authority commissions for mentoring services and has a growing paid service project as part of a diversified funding strategy.

Mentoring Plus has the opportunity to respond to growing need and make even more difference, and also the challenge of a donor environment affected by the cost of living and competition for funds. As we drive forward, we’re looking for Trustees who feel aligned to our work and who are able to offer time, knowledge and compassionate challenge across its whole operation. In particular we need Trustees able to offer one or more of the following areas of expertise:

  • Legal (youth justice, charity law, corporate or contract law, or similar)
  • Social care, mental wellbeing support and/or related areas of practice
  • Education
  • Child safeguarding
  • Running a small/medium sized enterprise within or outside the charity sector
  • Lived experience of challenging circumstances
  • We are seeking at least one Board member aged under 30 (approx) but welcome applications from all ages

Our Trustees devolve day to day management of the organisation to the executive team, but aim to offer scrutiny, insight and constructive contribution to shape strategy and respond to opportunities.

As a community charity, we rely on contacts and introductions to potential supporters, volunteers or businesses in our region and beyond, so this is a key requirement of Board members. We also ask Trustees to help with hosting events connecting with our community and raising funds from time to time.

All new Trustees have a careful induction process and a buddy system to ensure they feel able to access information and contribute to discussions. The Board meets for about two hours at least every two months, in person or online, and corresponds with the executive team regularly in between. Pre-agreed expenses can be claimed.

Safer Recruitment procedures will be followed including an enhanced DBS check and employment references taken and verified.

Mentoring Plus is committed to maximising inclusion irrespective of age, gender identity, sexuality, ethnicity, background, life experiences, disabilities, learning difficulties, lifestyle, beliefs etc, provided that individuals are able to meet the requirements of the role with appropriate support. We operate a strict equal opportunities policy for both adults and young people. Our central Bath premises have parking and are wheelchair accessible.

For an informal conversation about the charity and Trustee roles, please call CEO Ruth Keily on 01225 429694.

To apply, please download and read the role description here, and complete this application form. Submission details are in the form. We aim to recruit over the course of the autumn and will advertise this opportunity until the roles are filled.

Fundraising Development Manager – specialising in grants and trusts and key donor fundraising 

Mentoring Plus is an award-winning community charity supporting children and young people across Bath & NE Somerset who are struggling with education, family difficulties or emotional wellbeing. Our vision is a world where all young people feel safe, feel heard and feel hopeful for their future. 

Since 1998 our charitably funded work has provided trained volunteer mentors and skills-building group activities to help young people feel happier, stay safe, engage with education and pursue positive interests.  

Mentoring Plus currently raises about a third of its income through charitable sources, and with demand at an all-time high, we’re ambitious to deliver more support. The charity has a strong record of winning funds from grants and trusts and community sources, and maintains comprehensive impact data, assets and information resources to share with funders.  

We’re now looking for an energetic fundraiser keen to help shape our future. As well as planning, forecasting and reporting across all fundraising sources, you’ll be responsible for full implementation of grants and trusts fundraising and building relationships with key donors. You’ll be working closely with and supervising our Community Manager responsible for community fundraising, events and communications. 

This role requires imagination, accuracy, planning skills and highly persuasive written communications strengths. You’ll be an effective storyteller, marshalling impact data, case studies, demographics and research to bring our work to life for grant-makers and donors alike, both in applications and reporting.  

You’d need some hands-on fundraising experience, but you may also have honed equivalent skills in other settings, such as sales and marketing, and now want the rewards of putting them to use to help your community. Every staff member has a budget for CPD and we’d support you to build on your skills and knowledge as needed. 

Reporting directly to the CEO, you’ll be at the heart of a small, friendly and committed team making a daily difference for young people, working to maintain and build charitable income from all sources with a special focus on grants and key donors.  

You’ll support and work closely with a part-time Community Manager delivering events and community fundraising from individuals, businesses and groups, plus communications across key channels.  

Our working environment is fully committed to flexibility and personal support, including regular reflective practice supervision. We aim to develop staff, giving them scope to build skills and influence decision-making.  

You’ll need to be in our Bath office (which has free parking) regularly but can work from home in between. Your hours can be worked flexibly by agreement e.g. long / short days, different school holiday hours etc. 

If you fit this bill and want to make a real difference to young people struggling with tough challenges, we’d love to hear from you. Please download our recruitment pack for more details, a job description and person specification. 

We operate Safer Recruitment guidelines for all staff so we’ll then need you to complete and return this application form (submission details are included in the form).  

We operate an anonymised shortlisting process to determine how well you meet the criteria in the role profile. Please be sure to make this explicit and do not assume we can infer this information e.g. from a previous job title or similar. We cannot accept a CV or an application in another format. 

There is an open deadline on this recruitment and we will be reviewing applications as they are submitted.

For an informal conversation about the charity and this role, please call CEO Ruth Keily on 01225 429694 or email ruth.keily@mentoringplus.net

Award-winning youth charity Mentoring Plus supports young people struggling with school, family difficulties and mental wellbeing. Since 1998 we’ve been helping children, teens and young adults to stay safe, build confidence, overcome challenges and find a positive pathway forwards.

Due to internal staff development, we now need an organised, energetic administrator about 3 days per week to support our growing team. We’re seeking someone with direct experience of HR administration who can also help us maintain accurate records, manage our community hub building and support key processes.

You’ll be at the heart of a small and friendly team based on the edge of Bath city centre, helping us welcome the volunteers, professionals, young people and families we support. We do need you in the office, but some home-based working is possible by agreement, and hours are flexible, including school holiday arrangements. We are committed to staff management, training and development, and wellbeing is central to our work.

If you’d like to put your skills and experience to rewarding use, please download this job description and person specification. Then download and complete our application form and return it – details in the form.

We operate an anonymised shortlisting process to determine how well you meet the criteria in the role profile. Please be sure to make this explicit and do not assume we can infer this information e.g. from a previous job title or similar. We cannot accept a CV or an application in another format.

This is an open recruitment round and applications will be reviewed as they are submitted until the post is filled.

For an informal conversation about the charity and this role, please call CEO Ruth Keily on 01225 429694 or email ruth.keily@mentoringplus.net

Mentoring Plus is committed to maximising inclusion irrespective of age, gender identity, ethnicity, heritage, background, life experiences, disabilities, learning difficulties, lifestyle, beliefs etc, provided that individuals are able to meet the requirements of the role with appropriate support. We operate a strict equal opportunities policy for both adults and young people. Our central Bath premises have parking and are wheelchair accessible.

Safer Recruitment procedures will be followed including an enhanced DBS check and employment references taken and verified.

Youth activities sessional worker

Approx 4 hours per week in termtime, freelance (additional paid hours may also be available in school holidays)

From £11 per hour dependent upon experience, plus expenses

Mentoring Plus is an award-winning community youth charity delivering multiple support projects across Bath & NE Somerset, and we aim to be an inclusive, welcoming employer focused on supporting professional development, staff wellbeing and flexible working. We’re a small and friendly team used to pitching in to help deliver the best experience for our mentees.

Offering accessible, supported group activities to children and young people is the ‘plus’ of Mentoring Plus. Alongside one to one mentoring with an adult, regular group sessions where a young person feels safe and able to try new things builds confidence, forges friendships and opens the way to positive new interests and community connections.

We’re looking for one or more group activity sessional workers who can support our group leaders to make our weekly termtime sessions (1 evening per week, usually Thursdays 6-7.45pm) fun, safe and beneficial for our young people. We also run regular school holiday activities, which can be additional hours on this contract by agreement.

Our sessional workers drive 2-3 young people to and from sessions, for which expenses are paid, so you’ll need a full driving licence and permanent access to a well-maintained car.

Transport isn’t an add-on: it is vital for young people to access these sessions safely from all parts of Bath & NE Somerset. It’s also an opportunity to chat supportively in the car about things which are on young people’s minds. A few texts on the day ensure that young people are attending and parents are aware.

Most sessions are at our youth hub on the eastern side of Bath (parking provided). Often sessions will be youth-club style with a choice of sport, cookery, games and crafts, plus a nutritious meal which everyone shares. Sometimes it’s a special visit to a local venue, or a guest expert able to offer sports, music, arts, bushcraft and more.

You need to cope calmly and effectively with the team to respond to any safeguarding issues which might come your way, following our clear procedures and careful training. We keep staff ratios high to make this easier.

You can download a full job description / role profile here.

If you love the energy of group work, have professional or volunteer experience in a similar field (mentoring, youth work, group work, teaching, pastoral care or similar) and want to help young people facing tougher challenges than most to benefit, please initially email a CV to ruth.keily@mentoringplus.net.

We’ll follow up with an initial telephone interview, but have to follow Safer Recruitment guidelines for shortlisted candidates after that, including asking them to complete a full application form.

Volunteer mentoring is for you if you enjoy getting out and about, chatting to young people and trying new activities. If you enjoy sport, music, art and crafts, wildlife, photography, local history or other things you could share with a young person, that’s great too.

Find out more about volunteer mentoring