The Challenge Society Mentor

About the Organisation


The Challenge Network is a fast-growing social enterprise that connects and inspires people across Britain to strengthen their communities. The Challenge is a new civic service programme that brings together young people from different backgrounds, builds their confidence, and challenges them to make a difference in their local community. The Challenge is an intensive three week summer training programme followed by team projects carried out in the local community over several weekends in the autumn.


Graduates can then join The Challenge Society (TCS), which is a year-round programme that provides on-going opportunities for Challenge graduates and to plan and participate in social action projects and develop skills that support their personal development. The Challenge Society ensures that the initial enthusiasm generated by The Challenge Summer Programme is translated into lasting impact. Since launching TCS in October 2011, over 1500 young people have planned or participated in over 70 social action projects across the country and this year we aim to support around 9,000 young people into new opportunities.



About the Opportunity


We are looking for a number of TCS Mentors to facilitate the delivery of The Challenge Society programme in their local area, working mostly from home. The hours worked are fully flexible to easily fit in around other commitments.


The primary responsibilities are:

  • To attend mentoring training as required by The Challenge Society
  • “Signposting”: Helping young people find opportunities they are interested in and linking them up. (e.g. football team or voluntary work)
  • Staffing TCS events
  • Coaching teams of, or individual young people aged 16-17
  • Marketing targeted local events to your group of young people
  • To maintain relationships with our partner organisations
  • To follow all safeguarding policies and best practice advice
  • To keep records of interests and progress of all young people



Role description
The sustained relationships and trust built via one to one mentoring programmes can be life changing. Being a TCS mentor is your opportunity to volunteer your time to make a genuine personal and social impact. Your input will help graduates of The Challenge programme to engage with their community via TCS and to help raise their own personal aspirations.  Being a TCS mentor is a very rewarding, essential role but also a challenging one.

5 Reasons To Do It!

  1. 1.    Become part of a motivated, enthusiastic team of people that makes a real, positive difference to young people, society and the future 
  2. Choose your own hours and work (mostly) from the comfort of your own home
  3. Gain access to a comprehensive youth and community training pathway resulting in a youth and community engagement certificate
  4. 4.    Get priority access to occasional paid roles throughout the year, and a guaranteed summer job for 2013. 
  5. 5.    Have fun!


About You

We are looking for exceptional candidates with the following experience and characteristics:



  • Energy & enthusiasm to serve as a role model for spirited and diverse young people.
    • Ability to build a rapport with young people; ability to inspire and motivate others
    • Belief in the potential of young people
    • Creativity in problem solving and communication methods
      • An existing, recent enhanced CRB check (or willing to get one)
  • Able to commit to a minimum of 12-20 hours per month (depending on role)
  • Access to, and use of, a computer and internet (the role is work-from-home based)



  • Keen interest in the work of The Challenge Network and The Challenge Society
  • Experience of being summer staff on The Challenge programme
    • Previous experience of mentoring with young people or adults
    • An understanding of safeguarding and youth work sector

We also look for volunteers to show The Challenge characteristics, TRUE:

  • Trust-building: Works hard to build trust with people. Brings people together in the community
  • Responsibility-taking: Takes responsibility for actions and attitudes. Claims and solves problems in the community
  • Understanding and Empathy: Works to understand others – their strengths, fears and needs. Ready to stand up for someone who is different

Expenses for all related phone calls and reasonable travel will be covered by TCS.


Further details


For further information about this exciting opportunity, please contact Amanda Mealand, TCS Staffing Associate, at [email protected].

For an application form, please text your email address to 07805 395249 or send an email to the address above.

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