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Ahead of National Volunteering Week,
Le Chéile Mentoring is Seeking Dublin Mentors
with Open Hearts & Minds

Date of issue: Wednesday, September 2, 2020
Le Chéile Mentoring, the national volunteer mentoring and family
support service, has today launched a new recruitment campaign seeking
Dubliners to become mentors of young people and parents.

The campaign comes ahead of National Volunteering Week (September
21-27) and is seeking potential youth and parent mentors who want to
help change lives for the better.

Le Chéile provides a one-to-one mentoring service for young people and
parents referred by the Probation Service, An Garda Síochána and the
Oberstown Children Detention Campus.

Young people mentored are generally between the ages of 12 and 23
years, are at risk of offending or re-offending, and have
vulnerabilities or issues requiring help. Mentors for young people
must be over 21 years and mentors for parents over 25 years. Since
2011, a total of 428 young people and 133 parents have been supported
by Le Chéile across Dublin.

To apply to become a Le Chéile mentor, or for more information on
mentoring, contact Maxine Kelly, Le Chéile National Volunteer
Development Officer, by phone on 087 2016801 or by email at Applications can also be made online at ahead of the closing date on Friday October

Life Experience
For Cormac Ryan, Project Officer with Le Chéile in North Dublin,
mentoring is an opportunity to enable young people and parents get the
most out of life:
“Mentors come from all walks of life but they each have one thing in
common and that is a passion to make a difference and help people find
their way in life. Mentoring is as simple as having a friendly chat
with someone and talking through the issues that may be going on for
them. It can be a catch-up over coffee, a walk in a local park, or a
trip to the cinema.

“For young people, mentoring provides stability and helps to build
their self-esteem and sense of belief about what they can be and do.
It’s about showing them life’s possibilities, that they have something
to contribute, helping them set goals and making positive choices. For
parents it’s about giving advice and encouragement on different issues
that can arise looking after their children. It’s about sharing
parenting skills, building confidence and reducing stress.

“We are looking for mentors with open hearts and open minds. People
who can relate easily to the young people and parents they are
mentoring. People who, above all, never give up on someone. People who
listen and care. I would encourage anyone who thinks they fit the bill
to get in touch and apply to be a mentor today.”

A Better Future
Donncha Ó Donnchadha has been mentoring young Dubliners with Le Chéile
since 2013. He feels that he gets as much out of mentoring as he
gives, and that it is an experience that will endure for many years to
“It is so important to young people to have someone outside of their
immediate family and friends that they can talk to in confidence and
clear their heads. Someone they can respect and trust, who they can
share their feelings with, and who they can talk to about problems and
how they might fix them. Ultimately, it’s about showing young people
the kind of future that is theirs for the taking, that they have
control over their destiny, and supporting them on that journey
towards a better life. It’s about keeping focused on the objective
and, when things go wrong, getting back on track. For me, I get as
much out of the relationship as I hope the person I am mentoring does.
Mentoring is an experience I know will stay with me for the rest of my

For more information on the work of Le Chéile, including its family
support and restorative justice services, visit

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