Could you help mentor a job-seeker?

Press Release: 11/11/2014


Winchester City Council is working with the national agency Sova to provide a new service to help unemployed people to find work.

The employment mentoring service will recruit and train volunteers to mentor unemployed people across the Winchester District. Locally-recruited mentors will provide practical and moral support as well as basic advice and signposting to other services for unemployed residents in the Winchester District from all age-groups and backgrounds.

Alex Solomon, Sova’s Project Manager, who is running the service in the Winchester District, is looking for volunteer mentors to provide support to unemployed people in Winchester District to boost their chance of getting a job.

The project works with a wide range of people so as a volunteer you could be engaging with people who are experiencing social isolation, a lack of confidence, have health problems, a criminal conviction, or housing problems. This means that the tasks and roles mentors will take on will vary for each person you mentor, as each person’s barriers to work and journey to overcome them will be different.

Cllr Robert Humby, Leader of Winchester City Council, said:

We are delighted to be supporting this new service, which aims to reduce dependency on benefits and move job-seekers towards employment. The work of volunteer mentors could include giving practical advice by helping with CVs, job searches and interview techniques. Mentors can assist people to develop new skills such as in ICT or budgeting, and they will work with people to source training and volunteering opportunities to improve their job prospects. Volunteer mentors will signpost people to specialist services that can help them to move towards employment.

Alison Woods, Winchester City Council’s Economy and Arts Manager, added:

We are looking for mentors to help unemployed people living within the Winchester District. No formal qualifications or experience are necessary; but volunteers will need to be committed to supporting others, have good listening and communication skills and demonstrate a non-judgmental attitude.

In return you could help change peoples lives and make a real difference. By volunteering you could help someone get their first apprenticeship or give someone who feels they are without prospects the confidence to realise long held aspirations.

All mentors will receive on-going supervision and thorough training. Travel expenses will be reimbursed. Volunteering can provide you with valuable work experience that could benefit your job prospects.

If you would like to mentor a job seeker please contact Alex Solomon at or on 01962 848 396 or 07980732005. For information about the employment mentoring service visit