Beanie Buddy

Where: The Storehouse, Caledonia Street, Bradford, BD4 7BQ Contact: Rich Jones Contact Email: Contact Phone: 01274061221 Open Volunteer Spots: Unlimited

Register your interest in volunteering as a Beanie Buddy and mentoring a homeless. newly-housed or a long term unemployed person as they work with Homeless Beanies to work their way out of poverty.

Beanie Buddies will be matched with a homeless, newly housed or long term unemployed person to provide support as they set up a Homeless Beanies Enterprise.

We will send you more details, full Homeless Beanies accredited training will be provided and access to Enterprise Startup Resources will be given.


Being a Beanie Buddy

The Homeless Beanies understanding of mentoring is that it is the development of people. In practice we firmly believe that it is not programmes or projects that affect transformation in the life of an individual, but people. To that end, mentoring is both vital and essential to our success as an homeless enterprise and work initiative. The mentoring training programme is aimed at those who work alongside homeless, recently housed and long term unemployed people as mentors (Beanie Buddies) as the mentee makes steps to work their way out of poverty through a Homeless Beanies enterprise.

Mentoring is an increasingly popular way of providing guidance and support to people in need. Recent years have seen mentoring expand from a relatively small intervention to a cornerstone service that is being implemented in community centres, faith institutions, work programmes, and a wide variety of service institutions working with vulnerable people.

Whilst almost anyone can benefit from the magic of mentoring, those who design and implement mentoring programmes also need guidance and support. Running an effective mentoring programme is not easy, and there are many nuances and programmatic details that can have a big impact on outcomes for vulnerable people. Recent mentoring research indicates that a short-lived, less-than-positive mentoring relationship (a hallmark of programmes that are not well designed) can actually have a negative impact on participating mentees. Mentoring is very much worth doing, but it is imperative that programmes implement proven, research based best practices if they are to achieve their desired outcomes. To that end, all Beanie Buddies will receive quality, bespoke training.

A trained Beanie Buddy…

  • will understand the scope and limits of their role as a mentor
  • will have developed the skills and attitudes needed to perform their role
  • will have a basic grasp of positive people development
  • will have had the opportunity to contribute and thrash out any ideas or thoughts

If you need more information or would like a chat with a member of the Homeless Beanies team, send us an email here.

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