Live-In Mentor

Anglicare Victoria’s Live-In Mentor Program gives young people aged 16-18 and in state care the opportunity to live with positive, mature mentors. Our Live-In Mentors teach the young people independent living skills, provide emotional support and help keep them connected to friends, family and the community.

Live-In Mentors share a house provided by us with another mentor and two young people. On some days you might teach them how to cook, how to clean, how to prepare themselves for school in the morning or encourage them to find part-time work. On other days you may need to help them get to school or sporting activities and be a strong shoulder for them to lean on.

Our highly qualified caseworkers, educational experts, and child welfare workers are on hand to provide ongoing support. They will work with you to help the young people get ready for their next journey – full independence.

A Live-In Mentor is a volunteer role but you are provided with a fully furnished shared house rent and utilities free plus a small honorarium payment of $75-$150 per week. The role can also be easily combined with your part-time or full-time work or study commitments.

To find out more about the Live-In Mentor Program please contact us:

  • Southern Metro & Gippsland Region – 9293 8500
  • Eastern Metro Region – 1300 889 335
  • North West Metro Region – 8470 9999
  • Bendigo Region – 0414 659 446

All applicants are required to undergo a Working with Children Check and Criminal History Check. You will receive ongoing training and access to specialised support services.

Current Vacancies

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Live-In Mentor

Casual Live-In Mentor positions are also available at many of our properties across Victoria. Casual Mentors step into the role of a Live-In Mentor and take over their responsibilities when a Live-In Mentor has time off. Casual Mentors usually provide one or two nights of supervision and support to the young people who reside in our properties and shifts are often pre-arranged and planned in advance.

What’s it really like to be a Live-In Mentor?

We talk with Jason about his experience as a Live-In Mentor and why he finds it so rewarding helping young people.

 

Live-In Mentor FAQs

  • A Live-In Mentor is a mature adult that lives in a share house with another Live-In Mentor, as well as two young people from state care. Live-In Mentors teach the young people independent living skills, provide emotional support and help keep them connected to friends, family and the community. Live-In Mentors also oversee the day to day running of the household and liaise with the caseworkers who provide support and assistance to residents

  • The young people living with you in the house are typically aged 16-18. Many young people have lived in foster care, kinship care or residential care prior to entering the program. Most young people exit the program and accommodation once they have turned 18.

  • The aim of the program is to give vulnerable young people the opportunity to gain life experiences and learn independent living skills in a safe, stable home environment. By becoming a Live-In Mentor, you are able to create a positive impact on these young people and reduce their risk of homelessness once they turn 18.

  • We actively encourage our Live-In Mentors to be engaged is some form of employment or study as it demonstrates to the young people in the program how to live a responsible and balanced lifestyle. The Live-In Mentor role is easily combined with casual, part-time or full-time work or study commitments.

  • Our highly qualified case workers, educational experts and child welfare workers are on hand to provide ongoing support and will work with you to help the young people to help them get ready for their next journey – full independence. We also provide you with a small honorarium payment of at least $75 per week.

     

  • Unfortunately, pets are generally not allowed to come to live with you at the property.

  • Unfortunately, partners are not allowed to stay overnight with your at the property. Likewise Live-In Mentors opportunities are not suitable for individuals who care for their own children.

  • Many of the young people in the program have had a lot of instability and/or trauma in their lives which occasionally makes living in a Live-In Mentor house quite difficult at times. Anglicare Victoria’s highly qualified case workers, educational experts and child welfare workers are always on hand to provide ongoing support.

  • As you live in the house with another Live-In Mentor there is the opportunity for you to take breaks from time to time. This is something you would organise with the other Live-In Mentors living at the house. Occasionally we can organise for one of our casual Live-In Mentors to provide one or two nights of supervision and support.

  • Many of our Live-In Mentors do come from a background of having previously worked with or supported children and young people in some capacity, whether it be community services, teaching or health. However, this is not compulsory. All applicants are welcome to apply.

  • To find out more about the Live-In Mentor Program please contact us:

    • Southern Metro & Gippsland Region – 9293 8500
    • Eastern Metro Region – 1300 889 335
    • North West Metro Region – 8470 9999

 

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