Our Family Team run free and confidential mentoring for children and young people who are living with a family member who uses alcohol or drugs. Find out how you can volunteer to support young people in Bristol.

What is involved?

For the Young Person

  • The young person will be matched with a volunteer mentor.
  • The mentor and young person will meet on a weekly basis.
  • Mentors will work with the young person to plan and participate in activities. Ideally some of these activities will be things that the young person can then carry on with beyond the duration of the project (e.g. attending a drama group/sports club etc).
  • Mentors may also use this time to engage with the young people in helping with home-work/doing relevant worksheets.
  • Occasional social events will allow the young person to come together with other young people on the mentoring programme.

For the Family

  • Parents will be engaged by the Family Support Service. Ideally being seen fortnightly by a Family Support Worker. A minimum requirement is that they are seen every three months through the mentoring review process.
  • Parents will also be encouraged to participate in some group activities.

For the Volunteer

  • Mentors will receive five sessions of induction training.
  • They will also receive monthly supervision, both on an individual and group basis, and will also be expected to check-in by phone with the Mentoring Coordinator during the initial weeks of their engagement.
  • Mentors are asked to commit for a minimum of one year.


If you want to find out when we're next recruiting, sign-up to receive our volunteer email notifications.

For more information please email [email protected] or telephone 0117 987 6008.