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The MATES Mentoring Program provides positive role models who mentor, assist, target, engage and enhance the skills and life experiences of young people. MATES matches young people (mentees) with a volunteer (mentor) from the local community. Mentors and mentees catch up for one hour, once a fortnight for one year. MATES is a great way to volunteer in the community.

We need volunteers who are:

  • over the age of 18
  • have a genuine concern or interest in young people
  • want to make a difference in a young person’s life
  • are able to spend one hour a fortnight with a young person for one year
  • already have or are able to obtain a Working with Children check

Or, please complete the following enquiry form.

Volunteering with WSMLLEN
If you decide that you want to be a part of the MATES Mentoring Program you can then:

  • Fill out an online application form here.
  • Download and print an application form contained in the: MATES Mentor Information Pack
  • When your application has been accepted, you will be invited to attend a training session before being matched with a mentee.

 Start making a difference in a young person’s life!

For Mentors who have registered for ‘Group Mentoring Activities’, please complete the following application and medical forms.

Group Mentor Application Form

Medical Form

Primary and secondary schools in the Wimmera Southern Mallee region can access the MATES Youth Mentoring Program Framework for free. Please contact Wimmera Southern Mallee LLEN on (03) 5381 0122 or email mates@llen.com.au to arrange a no obligation meeting.

Download the MATES Schools Brochure to find out more.

Training Times

Training sessions are usually held in 2 hour blocks. Training dates are promoted on our Facebook page and listed below. If there are no trainings listed, or the times are not suitable, please contact our office on (03) 5381 0122 or email mates@llen.com.au.

The training will cover topics specifically designed to provide positive role models who mentor, assist, target, engage and enhance the skills and life experiences of young people within our communities.

MENTOR TRAINING DATES

Thursday 12th August – 9:30am – 11:30am
Friday 13th August – 1:00pm – 3:00pm
Monday 16th August – 9:30am – 11:30am
Tuesday 17th August – 11:00am – 1:00pm
Wednesday 18th August – 1:00pm – 3:00pm

*all training will be held virtually. Please email mates@llen.com.au to register.

Please note:

Anyone attending the training session should have already attended a Youth Mentoring Information Session or have been comprehensively informed by Wimmera Southern Mallee LLEN before registering for training events.

The training provided may be suitable to support other programs, community initiatives, or people working directly or indirectly with youth. Other interested parties should contact Wimmera Southern Mallee LLEN before attending. Youth Mentoring in Horsham and the greater Wimmera and Southern Mallee region is a key community priority.

Wimmera Southern Mallee LLEN is committed to promoting and protecting the interests and safety of children. We have zero tolerance for child abuse. Everyone working at Wimmera Southern Mallee LLEN is responsible for the care and protection of children and reporting information about child abuse.

Child protection is a shared responsibility between the Wimmera Southern Mallee LLEN, all employees, workers, contractors, associates, volunteers and members of the Wimmera Southern Mallee LLEN community.  The Wimmera Southern Mallee LLEN ‘Volunteer Child Safe and Duty of Care Policy’ helps to ensure that all parties are aware of their responsibilities for identifying possible occasions for child abuse and establishes controls and procedures for preventing such abuse and/or detecting such abuse when it occurs.

All volunteers in Wimmera Southern Mallee LLEN programs will be informed of the ‘Volunteer Child Safe and Duty of Care Policy’ during their training process.

We thank our Community Champions who provide flexible work arrangements for their staff to mentor students in the MATES mentoring program during business hours

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