THE FOOTPRINTS PROJECT
Induction training is delivered over 2 full days (once the DBS checks have been completed). Volunteers also 'shadow' staff or another volunteer prior to being allocated a suitable client of their own. They will have a mentor supervisor who advises the mentor and oversees their cases.
Further and more specific training is given on a regular basis. This usually involves a meal with other mentors and consists of practical help and the study of case histories. Mentors are encouraged to meet and support each other where this may be useful.
Outside trainers/speakers are invited to come and speak on relevant topics, for example drug addiction, mental health, working with older offenders, sex offenders, women offenders, etc. Ongoing training is compulsory, as are peer mentor events; a volunteer should expect to attend training sessions a minimum of four times a year, plus supervision sessions.