We will supply training and guidance to support you on your mentoring journey.

What does being a mentor involve?

  • A commitment of an hour or two a week/ fortnight to help a participant achieve goals they have set for the coming year.
  • Making yourself available to be trained as a mentor with a two hour orientation and a training session day.
  • Undertaking the FOR screening procedures including a Police and Working With Children check, and acceptance of the philosophy and rules outlined for volunteers by FOR.
  • Commitment to becoming a more informal friend of the participant when your time with them comes to an end. We recommend a year but that could be longer, of course, if both parties are happy with how they are progressing.
  • Mentor be in contact with a FOR participant by phone, ZOOM or face-to-face. Good communication is the aim, the tools to get there may differ from traditional face-toface.

What does a mentor do?

  • Help the participant overcome barriers to their goals.
  • Support that includes understanding documents from government, councils, education and health providers and landlords.
  • Acts an advocate by making phone calls on behalf or with their participant, and liaising with people that will aid in benefit the participant.
  • Help informally with English language improvement and cross-cultural understanding, and understanding of the law, road signs and rules.
  • Help with job applications and driver’s licence forms.
  • Be there at the appointed time and place for a chat, a coffee, have a laugh, or help with an idea in a way that is always nonjudgemental, trustworthy and encouraging.

“I got the nicest message from my participant which made me  feel like I accomplished something good.”

“I got the nicest message from my participant which made me feel like I accomplished something good.”

Express your interest in joining our Mentor Program by contacting
our Program Coordinator, Simon
by email:
or phone: 0422 524 529