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Friendship Works has been matching volunteer mentors with children and young people facing disadvantage for over 40 years. During this time we have seen the amazingly positive and meaningful impact the volunteer scheme has on both mentees and mentors. Our mentors come from a range of diverse backgrounds and each has a unique story to tell. Watch our videos below and meet some of our mentors speaking about their experiences or find out more about becoming a mentor here.


Name: Chris

Mentor to: 11 year old boy

Day job:  Doctor

Like many of our mentors, Chris has continued with his volunteer role beyond the core 2 year commitment. He has been a mentor for three and a half years now. He says mentoring helps him put his own life in perspective, and that it makes you more thoughtful and caring, and better able to help others.



Name: Chantelle

Mentor to: 10 year old girl

Day job:  PhD Student

Chantelle applied to be a mentor because she wanted to volunteer in a role that would have a lasting impact and offered consistency to a child. She and her mentee have just celebrated one year of friendship.




Name: Shayam

Mentor to: 17 year old boy

Day job: IT Sales

Shyam has been a Friendship Works mentor for 6 months. He says that seeing his mentee grow in confidence during that time has been a great experience.




Name: Christina

Mentor to: 8 year old girl

Day job: Actuary

Christina’s friendship with her mentee has just passed the 2 year point. She says that mentoring has helped her build her planning and organisational skills, and that she is proud to be a mentor and of the friendship she and her mentee have developed.