For Mentors

Many Mentors want to continue to mentor on release from prison and there are now all sorts of peer mentoring opportunities available in the community. As a small charity Shannon Trust can only work with those in custody but here are some pointers to further mentoring opportunities outside of the Trust.

Things to consider

The nature of your offence may restrict who, where and when you can mentor on release. If you have taken a mentoring qualification whilst in prison, more options may be available to you.

  • Hackney Learning Trust have a scheme where Shannon Trust Reading Plan Learners coming out of custody can continue with the plan via a mentoring scheme they are running. You may be able to offer your mentoring skills to them (this not a paid opportunity). If you live in or around Hackney get in touch with Hackney Learning Trust to find out more.  Contact details and more information can be found by following this link: http://www.learningtrust.co.uk/adult_learning/community_development/ex_offenders.aspx
  • If you haven't taken a mentoring qualification but wish to do so on release many local colleges now offer these courses, have a look at the prospectus for your local college.
  • www.Gatemate.org lists local mentoring organisations offering opportunities and/or support to ex-offenders. Whilst most of these are offering mentors to those coming out of custody it may be worth contacting them to see if you can offer your skills as a mentor.
  • Have a look at the Mentoring and Befriending Organisation website. It has loads of useful information and links to other community projects: www.mandbf.org