What is Plusone Mentoring?
Mentoring with Aberdeen YMCA is an award-winning initiative of
YMCA Scotland. It matches young people aged 8-14 who are deemed
to be ‘at risk’ or ‘excluded’ with a volunteer adult mentor who
meets with them one-to-one on a regular basis. At Aberdeen YMCA
we believe that every child matters and we are committed
to forming safe, trusting relationships with local young people
that help to guide them towards being their best selves,
diverting from offending or anti-social behaviour and instead
engaging in new pro-social hobbies and pastimes.
How can I get involved?
There are four key ways you can support
Plusone Mentoring with Aberdeen YMCA:
We are always seeking new volunteer mentors. We provide full
training in a supportive environment, as well as ongoing peer
support and weekly supervision from the programme manager. All
volunteers are subject to PVG background checks.
Activities for mentors and mentees can be expensive and we
operate on a very tight budget. Volunteers give generously of
their time and we want to be able to spare them the financial
burden associated with being a mentor.
We are always looking for opportunities to share about this good
work. Perhaps you have space at a community group, Church
service, coffee mornings, staff training event for the Plusone programme manager to come and share the
vision and values of Plusone? If so, we would love to hear from
What qualities do you look for in a mentor?
Volunteer Youth Mentors with Aberdeen YMCA
Over 18 years of age
Cheerful, kind and non-judgemental
Good sense of humour
Able to commit to a couple of hours a week, most weeks,
for a year
I’m nervous that I might be the wrong gender/age/class/race to
be effective in this work. Are you sure I can still be a mentor?
We are interested in hearing from everyone. We have young people
of all kinds on Plusone and likewise we need mentors from every
walk of life – young, old, married, single, parents,
non-parents, Scottish, non-Scottish, professionals, students,
male and female. If you want to make a difference in the life of
a young person, we want to hear from you!
How can I contact Plusone Mentoring?
For further information and an application
form, e-mail Gavin Begg, the programme manager, at
[email protected] or phone 01224 643291.
Our first cohort of mentors completing training together in YMCA
Successful 'graduates' are all smiles having completed their
mentor training programme