WAM relies on volunteer mentors to provide support to women charged with an offence but who have not yet come to court.
The program aims to reduce reoffending by developing in women the social skills which will enable them to deal with the day to day challenges of life.
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, you first have to attend a one hour information session and undergo an interview (45-60 minutes). All mentors have to complete our training program which can be done as 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 (we will pay for them).
The program is currently operating in the Inner North and Western Suburbs (in Melbourne). Mentors are currently needed in both locations.