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Plusone Mentor

As a Plusone mentor you will make a difference to the life of a young person, providing a positive role model and supporting access to hobbies and interests. The ability to be consistent, non-judgemental, supportive, fun and understanding is key to success in this role. Full initial training will be provided along with ongoing support to ensure the best possible outcomes. We look for a regular commitment of around 2-3 hours per week over a minimum 12 month period. A PGV scheme record check will be required (no cost involved).

About YMCA Edinburgh

YMCA Edinburgh is part of an inclusive global Christian movement that gives all, especially young people, space and opportunity to belong, contribute and thrive. We offer a range of tailored programs including: play rangers, play schemes, holiday clubs, after school and youth clubs, mentoring for vulnerable young people and support for women and families. Volunteers are critical to our ability to deliver these services.

Experience Required

No formal qualifications are required but you will need the ability to show empathy, be non-judgemental. You will be able to reflect on your own life experiences and learning as well as demonstrate the motivation to see children and young people succeed in life.

Training Details

Plusone Induction training across 5 sessions includes: Child protection, working with young people, mentoring role, health & safety, mentoring boundaries

Flexibility & Commitment

Term Time

2 to 3 hours per week (including your travel time) with a minimum commitment of 1 year

Location/Travel Details

Although our office is based in Leith, the majority of mentoring sessions will be conducted across Edinburgh at venues & locations convenient to you and the person you are mentoring.


Travel expenses are covered as are all pre-agreed expenses incurred when taking part in activities with the young person. Pre-purchased tickets can be provided where necessary.

Accessibility Details

  • Named Contact For Volunteer
  • Wheelchair Access, Disabled Access Toile
  • Happy to have a conversation about volunteer’s needs