Swindon Mentoring and Self Help (SMASH) is urgently looking to recruit new volunteers to work with young people, and is offering new mentor training in November.
Project manager Rob Chappell said: “We currently have 30 young people waiting for our support who are typically struggling with some kind of life issue.
"Whether it’s bereavement, family breakdown or being bullied at school, they’ve either been referred to us or have come to ask for help.
“As far as the mentors are concerned, there really are no special qualifications necessary. All you need is time, patience, a sense of humour and some life experience. Our recent mentors vary in age from 22 to 80.”
SMASH has been helping young people in Swindon since 2000, and in that time has supported more than a thousand youngsters.
Call 01793 729748 for details or download an application form from www.smashyouthproject.co.uk
If mentoring is not for you, perhaps fundraising is.
SMASH has just received a £300,000 Big Lottery grant, which they have to match with a further £200,000 to ensure their viability over the next three years. If you’d like to run an event in your community or workplace, call 01793 729748.