Volunteer mentor for ex-offenders

Volunteer mentor for ex-offenders

The Reasons Why Foundation (RWF) run behavioural change programmes that help people involved in crime make better decisions and reduce the number of people who reoffend, lowering crime rates and reducing the cost to the tax payer. People will only change if they want to. They listen in order to understand the reasons that people offend in the first place, then provide help to enable them to create new lives, free from the anxieties of their past.

They are looking for mentors to supports ex-offenders upon returning to their communities after release from custody across all London boroughs, as well as ex-offenders in the community.

How many hours: 2-3 hours per week

Minimum Commitment: 9 Months

Where: pan London

What day: Flexible

Main tasks/ activities 

  • As a LifeChanger Mentor, you will build a positive, motivational relationship with an adult that has an offending background, helping to guide them on their way to desistence from crime and progression onto employment, training or education.
  • Being a reliable role model, you will combine consistency and efficiency with the flexibility to work around the often-chaotic lives of the person you’ll be supporting. 
  • You will provide 1-2-1 support for your mentee, focussing on their personal development as well as their employability and their emotional health, encouraging them to take responsibility for their life, actions and future.
  • To really fulfil this role, you will need good resources of energy and a real interest in working with this group with an ability to motivate sometimes challenging people.

Who are they looking for?

  • Aged 21+
  • Strong communication (written and verbal) and interpersonal skills
  • Skills in empowering challenging people to fulfil their potential
  • Ability to establish and maintain positive, professional and motivational relationships.
  • Ability to give impartial, productive advice and guidance that focuses on the strengths and needs of the individual.
  •  Emotional strength: motivation and problem-solving skills
  • Resilience: proven ability to deal with setbacks and frustrations.
  • Ability to see around problems and support others towards solutions.
  • Intuition and resourcefulness.
  • Ability to be assertive when appropriate.
  • Empathetic
  • Awareness of issues affecting offenders and positive ways of addressing them, including drugs, alcohol, mental health issues and motivation.
  • Good understanding of confidentiality and experience of working within its confines.
  • Organisational skills


  • Professional skills and qualities
  • Personal development coaching / training experience.
  • Formal counselling experience/training.
  • Experience with working on a 1-2-1 basis with challenging adults.
  • Understanding of life in custody. This might be from first-hand experience as a prisoner, second hand as knowledge of a friend in prison or from working inside a prison.

What the volunteer would gain from the volunteering opportunity:

  • acquiring new skills
  • update for CV
  • improving self confidence
  • meeting new people
  • helping to make a difference in the community
  • experience of supporting ex-offenders

Other information:

  • DBS check needed
  • travel expenses provided
  • inductionand training provided

Main point of contact 

Roger Blackman

Email: volunteering@therwf.org

Tel: 03302210487