ISPCC Waterford is currently recruiting volunteers for its Mentoring Service

Wayne Jacob

Wayne Jacob


The mentoring service provides a children or parents with positive role models who provide one-to-one support for a wide range of issues. If you believe in a child’s right to have their voice heard and are a good, non-judgemental listener, then volunteering with the ISPCC Mentoring Service could be for you! Full training will be provided.
If you are able to commit to a 4-hour weekly shift and are interested in joining a dedicated group of volunteers, come along to one of our group information meeting in the ISPCC Waterford office on: Friday 29th May at 6.30pm. For further details or to book a place, please contact Gillian at gkearns@ispcc.ie or on 051- 595895/086-4073204

Becoming a volunteer with the ISPCC was my first step into the world of Social Care, and, three and a half years later I can honestly say that it was one of the best decisions that I have ever made.
In 2010, after responding to an advert in the local paper, I began training with the ISPCC to become a mentor in their mentoring program in Waterford. The training provided me with the tools needed to get started, and even though I dreaded the role playing at the time, I can now see how important those hours spent in the ISPCC offices really were. The scenarios we face are real, and how we deal with them is real.
Personally what I love about the mentoring is the time we spend getting to know the mentee, the building of the relationship, and of course the odd fishing trip or participating in new activities. Professionally, the mentoring program has equipped me with the skills needed to interact, advocate, empower, listen to, and talk to, to be aware of, to be open, to learn from, and to reflect on…. it never ends. But, the biggest reward comes with the fact that each mentee brings their own story and experiences to the relationship. It never gets repetitive, and the learning never stops.
The reason I began volunteering was to get a taste of the world of social care before I made and decisions about going to college; Three and a half years later I am on my third mentoring match, I am a year away from completing my degree in Applied Social Studies in Social Care, and I put it all down to responding to that advert in the paper in 2010.

Here’s to the next 3 years, and many more,
Wayne Jacob.

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