VOLUNTEERS are wanted to help mentor college students.

The charity Mentor Link wants people who can spare an hour a week to motivate, support and encourage young people to come forward.

The charity is recruiting volunteers to complement the work of Student Services and the pastoral team at Worcester Sixth Form College.

No qualifications are necessary as Mentor Link provides free initial and ongoing training.

Volunteers just need to be good role models with a listening ear and desire to help.

Ian Birth, assistant principal at Worcester Sixth Form College said: "Worcester Sixth Form College is looking forward to working with Mentor Link in an exciting new venture which is designed to support the work of the college’s pastoral team in helping students to fulfil their potential.

"Selected students at the college will be supported by mentors from the local community and local businesses who will be able to offer additional guidance to young people based on the mentors’ life and work experiences.

"Mentor Link is confident that such support can significantly improve the life chances of young people.”

Claire Quinn, volunteer recruiter for Mentor Link said: “I am looking forward to working with Worcester Sixth Form College and providing them with a team of mentors who can add value to the work they are already doing there.

"Mentors provide the students with a neutral adult outside of family members or college staff and can offer great support in a safe, non-judgemental or authoritative environment.

"I am looking to recruit local people with something to offer the next generation and who will draw on their own experiences, at the same time providing a valuable insight into the world of work or higher education.”

Successful applicants are requested to volunteer for a minimum of six months and all training and travel expenses are paid.

A disclosure and barring Service check is required which will be arranged by the charity.

Anyone who wants to find out more should contact Claire Quinn by calling 07973 572768 or emailing Claire.Quinn@mentorlink.org.uk or by visiting mentorlink.org.uk.