Trudie Tonkin

  1. About this service

    Provides mentoring opportunities for young people aged 7 to 20 (volunteers who wish to be a mentor are aged 20+). Children and young people are matched with a mentor in their local area and can be picked up from home. Mentors can provide weekly contact (see one-to-one mentoring) or participate in weekly group activities (see Group mentoring).

      • Service hours

        Array, 9-5

      • Age group

        7 - 20 years

      • Additional age criteria

        Service operates across all of Metro Melbourne and works with Young People requiring a mentor aged between 7-20 years.

      • Eligibility criteria

        TRY Mentoring supports young people between the ages of 7 and 20 years who are may be experiencing issues such as, but not limited to; • Loneliness/Isolation • Low self esteem • Poor social skills • Anti-social behaviour • Limited adult role models • Disengagement from school/community • Bullying • Mental illness TRY Mentoring believes that having the support and guidance of a mentor, can provide opportunities and experiences that can improve a young person’s outcomes and help them make better life choices. Our 1: 1 program relies upon suitable members of the community volunteering to become mentors. The volunteer and the young person meet up at a time that suits them and they are fully supported by a coordinator for a minimum of 12 months. There is also no financial assistance, any expenses incurred from an outing or activity is paid for by the volunteer and the young person, when they are able. We do encourage low cost or no cost activities, so as not to disadvantage anyone.

      • Service type

        INDIVIDUAL

      • Costs

        No Costs, No cost

      • Disability access

        No

      • Outreach

        Yes

    More information for teachers, wellbeing staff and service professionals

      • Participation length

        Ongoing, Minimum of 12 months participation

      • Participation type

        Voluntary

      • Secondary consult

        No

      • Staff profile

        , Qualified Staff

      • Who can refer

        Anyone, Professional Referral to be completed by someone supporting the young person ie/ family support worker, school welfare coordinators or private physiologists etc. Application form for completion by parent or guardian

      • Referral mode

        Yes, https://trymentoring.org.au/refer-a-young-person/

  2. Trudie Tonkin