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Mentoring Manager

Location: Home based. Flexible location with access to Wiltshire.
Salary: £27,000 - £29,000 per annum
Hours of work: 35 hours per week

The Youth Adventure Trust is a youth development charity working with vulnerable young people aged 11 to 16 years old from Wiltshire and Swindon. Our outdoor activity based Youth Adventure Programme enables young people to challenge themselves, experience success, learn to go beyond their own expectations and grow in confidence. Through a series of residential camps and day activities they are able to build resilience, self esteem and develop social and life skills. The post-programme Mentoring Scheme works with those young people in need of some additional individualised support. The Trust’s Bursary Scheme is open to all those young people who have completed the programme, in order to assist their next steps into further activities. Our aim is to make a lasting improvement to the lives of vulnerable young people. All our services are provided completely free of charge to the young people who are nominated to take part.

The Role

We are looking for a dynamic, motivated individual to set up, manage and deliver our Mentoring and Bursary Schemes. You will be involved in all aspects of creating and managing these new schemes, which are an additional offer to young people who have already completed the main Youth Adventure Programme.

You will act as the key point of contact throughout the young person’s time in the Mentoring Scheme, working to maximise the benefits for the young people involved.

You will be responsible for recruiting, training and supporting volunteer mentors, and will lead the matching process between young people and mentors.

You will be responsible for developing materials, procedures and website content, budget monitoring, administration, outcome measurement and record keeping for both the Mentoring and Bursary Schemes.

You will assess applications to the Bursary Scheme and facilitate grants being awarded.

You will attend parts of the Youth Adventure Programme throughout the year in order to build relationships with the young people you will be supporting through the Mentoring and Bursary Schemes.

The Candidate

To be up to the challenge you’ll need an excellent understanding and a proven track record of working with vulnerable and challenging young people. You will need direct experience of delivering a mentoring scheme, and demonstrable skills at building effective relationships with young people, volunteers, parents/carers, and professional organisations. You will need to be an excellent communicator, planner and problem solver, and a strong team player. You will need the self-motivation to work independently.

A full driving licence and access to your own vehicle is required. This post is subject to an enhanced DBS check.

Download the detailed Job Description here.

How to apply:

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Closing date: Monday 29th January 2018 at 5pm

Volunteers Required

Volunteers are essential to the Youth Adventure Trust and we are always looking to recruit new and enthusiastic volunteers.  We are currently seeking volunteers to fulfil two possible roles.

Programme Volunteers

Our Programme Volunteers work with groups of young people alongside other volunteers and activity instructors across our local (Wiltshire) activity days and residential camps. They take part in the activities with their group, and are involved in ensuring the welfare and organisation of the young people, helping them to get the most out of their time on our programme.


  • Applicants must be aged over 18 years old
  • Applicants will need to undertake an enhanced Disclosure & Barring Service check
  • Applicants will be required to provide two references
  • Applicants need to be enthusiastic, hardworking and willing to get involved in a wide range of activities. They should be responsible individuals and able to act as positive role models
  • Previous experience of working with young people would be beneficial, but is not essential

Challenge Event Volunteers

Our fundraising events offer a bespoke opportunity to companies and the general public to challenge themselves, and in doing so raise essential funds for the charity.  Challenge Event Volunteers are involved in a range of duties over a challenge event weekend which may include marshalling, cheering teams on, helping to resolve problems and celebrating the achievements of each and every participant.


  • No special skills are required but applicants must be engaging, motivating, enthusiastic and professional
  • Applicants must be comfortable in a range of outdoor environments.  Some navigational skills would be beneficial but are not essential
  • Applicants need to be prepared for all weather conditions and bring along their own equipment such as waterproofs, suitable outdoor clothing and footwear
  • Applicants will need to arrange their own travel to the event (expenses will be covered where applicable)
  • Applicants must be aged over 18 years old

More information is available on our Volunteers Page


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