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Hounslow Action for Youth- Volunteer Mentor

Details of the Charity:

Hounslow Action for Youth is an award-winning charity providing a range of free and low-cost services for disadvantaged children and young people aged 0-19 who live in the London borough of Hounslow.


Our aim is to build the capabilities of disadvantaged children and young people so that they understand their true worth and abilities and are able to fully engage with education and embark on a path of positive learning and development. We provide cradle to career services, meeting the needs of young people at key milestones, supporting them every step of the way on their journey of transformation. 

Details of the Volunteering Opportunity:

Agents for Change Young Women’s Writing Project:  Award-winning women writers such as Mona Arshi and Kate Wakeling deliver group writing and performance workshops for young women aged 13-18 who live in or educated in Hounslow borough and are on the fringes of gangs or criminal activities. The project empowers marginalized young women to find their voices, become agents for change, writing about their lives and issues faced by young women.


Volunteer Mentor role

Provide one-to-one support to vulnerable young women participating in the project.


Main tasks:

  • Take the lead in supporting young women at the writing workshops, encouraging them to talk about their ideas, how to craft their writing and providing constructive feedback
  • Assist with typing, proof reading and editing the young women’s work
  • Serve as a positive role model and build ongoing relationships with young women



  • We would like volunteers to attend workshops at the Hounslow Treaty Centre on Tuesdays 4.30pm to 5.30pm when possible
  • We would ideally like volunteers to commit to approximately 2-3 hours a week for at least 6 months

 An interview will be required for the role before meeting with young people and an induction to HAY. 


DBS check required, provided free of charge by Brunel Volunteers. 

Skills Required:

Volunteer Mentor will ideally be an undergraduate, graduate or postgraduate level in Creative Writing or Women’s Studies, or of a similar discipline.

 The volunteer must have:

  • Strong communication skills
  • Good IT skills
  • Good orgnanisation skills

 They must have the following qualities:

  • Encouraging and supportive  
  • Patient and flexible
  • Tolerant and respectful of individual and cultural differences

Additional Benefits:


  • Reinforce own study skills and knowledge of your subject
  • Enhance your CV
  • Improve communication and personal skills
  • Engage in a dynamic volunteer opportunity
  • Personal fulfilment through giving back to the community and empowering young women
  • Volunteer will receive an induction to the project and receive support from the workshop facilitator
  • Hours volunteered will be recorded on your HEAR – which goes on your permanent university record
  • All hours contribute to the Brunel Volunteers Award, which may lead to an invitation to the annual Brunel Volunteers Awards Ceremony in Ma


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