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Volunteer Development Scotland Ltd. (also known as Volunteer Scotland).
Charity registered in Scotland SC013740 and a company limited by guarantee, registered in Scotland, No. SC106743. Our registered Office is Jubilee House, Forthside Way, Stirling. FK8 1QZ

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Become a Peer Mentor for Parents

Are you a parent in Scotland? Do you remember what it was like becoming a first time parent?

The Why Not Trust are looking for volunteers to become Peer Mentors, providing support to soon to be or new care-experienced parents. We know it take a village to raise a child, but not everyone has the same support networks around them. We aim to create a judgment and stigma-free community of mentors and mentees where trusting one-to-one relationships can be established.

What does a Peer Mentor do?
• Chat with your mentee on a regular basis, roughly 4 hours per month
• Encourage, empower and champion your mentee
• Provide gentle guidance in relation to parenting
• Engage with your mentee in a non judgemental, caring and supportive way

Some of the many benefits our volunteers can expect:
• Become part of a supportive and welcoming community
• Get matched with a fellow parent you have something in common with
• Meetings that fit your schedule – online or in person
• Receive accredited mentor training
• Get paid for your travel expenses and other expenses
• Improve your own confidence as well as your mentees
• Develop your communication and listening skills

The Why Not? Trust is working towards doing things differently. If you would like to become a Peer Mentor or would like more information, please email our Peer Mentor Lead, Ashleigh at or call on 07850725799.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Experience required

No qualifications or expertise required. Full training provided.

Travel details

Flexible to suit both mentor and mentee, either online communication or in person.

Training details

Virtual or in person Introduction to Mentoring Training - accredited via the Scottish Mentoring Network


Minimum age: 18

Frequency & commitment
Flexible to suit both mentor and mentee, ideally 4 hours per month.

Volunteers (aged 18-25) taking part in this opportunity are eligible to claim Saltire Awards hours for their activity.
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