Could you help someone on their journey to employment?

Press Release: 05/04/2016


Winchester District Employment Mentoring, a service that helps unemployed people back into work, has been running for more than a year and is in need of a fourth group of new volunteers.

The service has continued to be highly popular, which means more volunteers are needed to help.

The project, which is funded by Winchester City Council and run by national charity Sova, recruits local mentors to support unemployed residents in the Winchester District, and is going from strength to strength.

The scheme is in place because Winchester City Council recognised that each individual has different challenges to face on their journey to employment. Over the last year, volunteer mentors have been supporting people to realise their potential by being a source of encouragement and motivation, and helping them to learn new skills and build self-confidence.

Caroline, who has been taking part in the project for three months, said:

My mentoring experience has been positive and life-enhancing. I have grown in confidence and developed a stronger skill-set ready for my next career move and a new direction in my life.

Thank you to my mentor for showing me support and encouragement in a calm, friendly and constructive way. We worked well together in a team.

Sova is looking for new volunteer 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.

All mentors will receive on-going supervision and thorough training. The next training course will take place on 20, 21 and 22 April 2016.

Travel expenses will be reimbursed, so volunteers just need to commit their time, skills and experience. Volunteering can provide you with valuable work experience that could benefit your own job prospects, and provide a way for you to give something back to your local community.

If you would like to mentor a job-seeker please contact Alex Solomon at or on 07980 732005. For information about the employment mentoring service visit