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Why volunteer with CLI?

At Community Led Initiatives we provide a peer mentoring service to individuals recovering from addiction, homelessness or who have experienced the criminal justice system or mental health issues.

We know that mentoring relationships are a highly effective way to support people who are trying to achieve positive change and build a new life that looks different from their past.

What do CLI volunteer mentors do?

Our CLI volunteer peer mentors work directly with our service users, providing practical one-to-one, weekly support, and constructive activities to help them build positive change in their lives, reconnect with their communities, and achieve their goals.

We work with a range of people from a range of backgrounds and experiences. Some may just need a gentle nudge in the right direction, whilst others may need a higher level of support. We match volunteers to their mentee based on experience and needs so volunteers will never feel out of their depth or unable to support their mentee’s needs.

We also welcome people who may have the skills and experience to lead and participate in our Groups programme and Recovery Community Forums.

What do I need to be a CLI volunteer mentor?

Our volunteers come from all walks of life, and we accept all volunteers that have something to offer those we support.

We welcome people from a wide range of experiences and backgrounds, and actively encourage people with lived experience of offending, addiction, homelessness, or mental health issues to apply.

In addition to a positive attitude and non-judgemental approach, our volunteer mentors are outgoing, resilient and able to invest time, commitment and energy to help those we support to create lasting change in their lives.

What training and support does CLI provide?

All volunteers attend our highly regarded Volunteer Training Course – two days of interactive and informative training. This is followed by a 121 discussion about working together and the opportunity to shadow an existing mentor before being matched to a potential mentee. Regular support from our CLI Volunteer Coordinators help ensure the mentoring and relationship is both effective and successful.

Our volunteers are also supported to develop their skills too, often gaining the experience and new skills to help with their future plans. Many of our volunteers have gone on to join CLI as an employee or join other organisations in the criminal justice and recovery sectors.

What commitment do we ask from our volunteers?

Volunteer mentors need to be able to offer 4-6 hours a week for a minimum period of 6 months during the hours between 9.00am to 5.00pm to help their mentee set and achieve personal goals and positive change.

We work across Greater Manchester, Liverpool, Central Bedfordshire, Bedford Borough, Shropshire and Milton Keynes. As volunteers need to able to meet their mentee in person, we take your location into account when considering potential matches.

Find out more/apply

If you would like to join our volunteer team, please complete our volunteer application form and we will be in touch as soon as possible.

For any general enquiries you can contact us.

We look forward to hearing from you.

“I have more self-belief about myself .. know that I am capable of being someone who can help someone and make a difference to someone’s life”

 – CLI Volunteer

“I have learnt that my story isn’t something I should hide, but something I should share and be proud of. My experiences can lead to someone else’s success”

 – CLI Volunteer

“I have more understanding on how addiction influences people’s behaviours and choices and I have learnt how to support my mentee better using the experiences shared by CLI staff “

 – CLI Volunteer

We would love to hear from you!

Volunteer with us

Become a Mentor with CLI and make a real difference to someones future. Our volunteers are the driving force for helping people to turn their lives around.

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