WAM relies on volunteer mentors to provide support to women who are facing criminal charges or are at risk of offending.
The program aims to reduce offending through the development of trusting one-on-one relationships, with activities based on participants’ own goals for their practical and social support needs.
WAM mentors not only provide support at court but also provide flexible, holistic, longer-term support. Mentors help participants find and use appropriate community resources, and support them to look at options now and for the future.
Becoming a mentor
To become a mentor we recommend you first attend the Volunteer Information session to ensure this is a good fit for you. Once we have received your application form we will invite you to participate in a phone interview (45-60 minutes). All prospective mentors then have to complete our training program which is usually conducted over two full days, or equivalent time spread over several weeks.
This training program covers areas including mentoring, the justice system, building and developing relationships, managing difficulties, well-being and safety, reporting and evaluation. All mentors must undertake a Police Check and may be required to have a Working with Children Check.
As our participants are presenting at the Neighbourhood Justice Centre (Yarra), Melbourne, Heidelberg, Sunshine, Frankston and Broadmeadows Magistrates’ Courts, we are usually seeking mentors in and around these areas.