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SidebySide Volunteer Mentor

Location Tameside
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About Side by Side

Our Side by Side care leavers programme aims to reduce feelings of isolation and loneliness for care leavers and to bridge the gap between leaving care and finding their own way in the world by embarking on their journey ‘side by side’ with them when they need it. 

Every child taken into care and every young person who leaves it should expect the very best care alongside the support and love they need to thrive.

Sadly, far too many young care leavers are thrust into the adult world before they are ready, facing a life without the support of family and friends that so many of us take for granted.

Young people tell us they are missing the skills and trusted people they need to help them navigate this new chapter in their lives. While some lack a positive adult role model, others are struggling to access education, employment, health services and maintain financial security.

Most just need someone to talk to; someone they can trust.

The impact of care experience does not end at 18, 21 or even 25.  It is a continuous lifetime experience that can have lasting effects. Young people are at risk of falling into debt, becoming mentally or physically ill, vulnerable to exploitation and discriminated against as they leave care.

What they need is a bit of extra support to help.

How can you help?

Come and join us in volunteering to support a care leaver.

You do not need any specific skills or experience, just enthusiasm and a willingness to support a care leaver with their practical and emotional needs.

We just ask that you commit to the programme for a minimum of 12 months.

You will receive all the support and training you need to make the most of your role, including:

  • Support from your manager
  • Access to a range of training opportunities
  • Reimbursement of all reasonable expenses

An interview and selection process including an enhanced DBS check, references and a Digital Risk Assessment are required for this role. Please have a look at the role description below, which explains more about what is in involved.

To apply, please click on the apply button where you will be asked to upload a CV and complete a very short application form.

If you have any questions, or if you need any help applying, please contact our recruitment team on 0151 649 8700 or e-mail recruitment@nyas.net

As an established leading rights-based charity, NYAS (National Youth Advocacy Service) is well positioned to ensure that children, young people, and adults across England and Wales are fully respected, represented, and supported in expressing their views and having their rights upheld.

We work with care-experienced children, young people, and adults who are often reliant on statutory services suffering the negative impact of the cuts in public expenditure. Our combination of social care and legal services places us in a unique position to ensure that they receive the services they need and that their voices are heard.

We are an equal opportunities employer and we are committed to creating an inclusive environment which means NYAS welcomes applications from all individuals regardless of age, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, ethnic origin, nationality, religion or belief, or any other protected characteristic.

NYAS is proud to share that we are a Disability Confident Employer and we guarantee to interview all disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria for our vacancies.

Work with us to help change young lives.

Make a difference

Meet new people

Learn new skills

Gain valuable work experience

Have fun

At NYAS we listen to what children and young people want, care about what they say, and empower them to get their voice heard.

We ensure their wishes and feelings are expressed and acted upon to improve their situation and help them build a better future. We will never stop in our efforts to influence, lobby, and campaign to bring about positive changes and ensure children's and young people's rights are upheld.

  • Every child and young person has the right to be heard.
  • Every child has a right to feel safe.
  • Every child has the right to be involved in decisions made about them.

  • Collaborative 

    We work closely with colleagues and partners to deliver an outstanding service to the children and young people who need us.


    We are open, transparent, and accountable, taking responsibility for what we do.


    We value and respect each other and the people we work with, embracing diversity and nurturing trust.


    We listen to children and young people when they are not being heard, inform them of their rights and empower them to change their lives for the better.

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