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Mentor with us in 2023!

Can you spare one hour a month to help a young person get a fair start? Sign up today to build a brighter future for the arts.

Mentor registration

You are about to do something amazing!

To sign up as a mentor you will need to complete the following two steps:

1. Fill in the registration form below. Be sure to include your two references, these can be a colleague, a manager or a friend - someone you know well who can comment on your suitability to work with a young person.

2. After filling in the form, you will be redirected to a page where you can choose an online mentor training event to attend. Please book your free ticket straight away as places have sold out quickly in previous years.

Please note, we will only be able to match you with a mentee if you have filled in the registration form and booked a mentor training ticket.

When you have completed the form and signed up for a mentor training ticket, you are ready to go. We will guide you through the rest of the process at mentor training. We can't wait to see you there and hopefully get you matched with a mentee!

You can save and complete the form later if you need to. And if you have any questions please contact

Please use the same email when filling in the form and booking your training session.

Max and Kev at a Celebration event in Manchester, 2019

Mentor registration form

Mentor Application Form 2022

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Contact Details
e.g. he/him, she/her,they/them, xe/xem, ze/hir
This means you signed up to support Arts Emergency already, and will receive monthly newsletters and updates from us.
If you could mentor in multiple locations, please choose one and provide more information in the 'Mentoring Information' section
Employment Details
Career Areas

Choose as many as apply. If you've 
accidentally chosen a career area that you didn't mean to, please reload this page to clear the form and start again.  
Education & Training
If your University of HE provider is not on the list, please select 'Other'.
If your University of HE provider is not on the list, please select 'Other'.
If your University of HE provider is not on the list, please select 'Other'.
For example peer organised or non-accredited programmes.

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Mentoring Information

DBS Checks
If you don't know your DBS number or are unsure about its expiry, please select 'No' above and we will organise a new one for you if you are matched.
Additional Information for Matching
Sometimes mentees make a special request for mentors who share similar or different experiences to them. If you would be happy for us to use this data as part of matching please answer the optional identity questions below. 

For all potential mentors, we require a character reference for safeguarding purposes. Please supply a name and email address, occupation and relation to you. You should have known your referee for two years or more, and should be able to comment on your suitability to be a mentor and work with young people. Your referee should not be a family member.

We'll contact references after mentor training unless you tell us that you'd no longer like to be considered as a mentor. We will only be able to match mentors that we have a reference for. 

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Code of Conduct

Please read through our Code of Conduct to complete your mentoring application.

This behaviour code outlines the conduct Arts Emergency expects from all our staff and volunteers.

The behaviour code aims to help us protect children and young people from abuse and reduce the possibility of unfounded allegations being made. It has been informed by the views of children and young people. Arts Emergency is responsible for making sure everyone taking part in our organisation has seen, understood and agreed to follow the code of behaviour, and that they understand the consequences of inappropriate behaviour. 

The role of staff and volunteers

In your role at Arts Emergency you are acting in a position of authority and have a duty of care towards the children and young people we work with. You are likely to be seen as a role model and are expected to act appropriately. 


You are responsible for: 

1. prioritising the welfare of young people

2. providing a safe environment for young people 

o ensuring equipment is used safely and for its intended purpose 

o having good awareness of issues to do with safeguarding and child protection and taking action when appropriate. 

3. following our principles, policies and procedures 

o including our policies and procedures for child protection/safeguarding, whistleblowing and online safety  

4. staying within the law at all times  

5. modelling good behaviour for young people to follow

6. challenging all unacceptable behaviour and reporting any breaches to the Head of Programmes  

reporting all concerns about abusive behaviour, following our safeguarding and child protection procedures

 o this includes behaviour being displayed by an adult or child and directed at anybody of any age. 

7. You may only let a young person under the age of 18 have your personal contact details (mobile number and emails)  if you are mentoring them, if you are offering them support supervised by their mentor, or if you are offering an Arts Emergency approved work experience placement.


You should:

1. treat young people fairly and without prejudice or discrimination  

2. understand that children and young people are individuals with individual needs

 respect differences in gender, sexual orientation, culture, race, ethnicity, disability and religious belief systems, and appreciate that all participants bring something valuable and different to the group/organisation  

3. challenge discrimination and prejudice. Encourage young people and adults to speak out about attitudes or behaviour that makes them uncomfortable

4. exercise caution when you are discussing sensitive issues with children or young people

ensure your contact with young people is appropriate and relevant to the work of the project you are involved in

5. ensure that whenever possible, there is more than one adult present during activities with children and young people

o if a situation arises where you are alone with a young person, such as during mentoring, ensure that you are within sight or hearing of other adults.

 o if a child specifically asks for or needs some individual time with you, ensure other staff or volunteers know where you and the child are.  

6. only provide personal care in an emergency and make sure there is more than one adult present if possible

 o unless it has been agreed that the provision of personal care is part of your role and you have been trained to do this safely. 


You should: 

1. listen to and respect young people at all times  

value and take young people’s contributions seriously, actively involving them in planning activities wherever possible

2. respect a young person’s right to personal privacy as far as possible.

 o if you need to break confidentiality in order to follow child protection procedures, it is important to explain this to the young person at the earliest opportunity. 

Unacceptable behaviour

When working with young people, you must not:

1. allow concerns or allegations to go unreported

2. take unnecessary risks  smoke, consume alcohol or use illegal substances

3. develop inappropriate relationships with young people  

4. make inappropriate promises to young people

5. engage in behaviour that is in any way abusive

 o including having any form of sexual contact with a child or young person.  

6. contact with them via a personal social media account

7. act in a way that can be perceived as threatening or intrusive

8. patronise or belittle children and young people  make sarcastic, insensitive, derogatory or sexually - suggestive comments or gestures to or in front of children and young people

Upholding this code of behaviour

You should always follow this code of behaviour and never rely on your reputation or that of our organisation to protect you.

If you have behaved inappropriately you will be subject to our disciplinary procedures. Depending on the seriousness of the situation, you may be asked to leave Arts Emergency. We may also make a report to statutory agencies such as the police and/or the local authority child protection services.

If you become aware of any breaches of this code, you must report them to the Head of Programmes, Carys Nelkon If necessary you should follow our whistleblowing procedure and safeguarding and child protection procedures. 

Wish List Guidance

1. If the young person is under 18, we will introduce you to them over email and cc in their mentor. Please keep them included in all your communications. 

2. If you are introduced to a young person under the age of 18, you must only communicate in the following ways:

Over email. In this instance a DBS’d Arts Emergency mentor or member of staff must be copied in at all times

Over video call. In this instance a DBS’d Arts Emergency mentor or member of staff must also be included in the call. Ideally the mentor or staff member would set up the call

Do not interact with the young person you are introduced to over social media.

If you are worried about the welfare of the young person you have been introduced to, or believe that they are a victim of abuse, please contact Arts Emergency’s Designated Safeguarding Officer, Carys Nelkon, and report your concern here:

Please note, this is an abridged code of conduct, by agreeing to it you are agreeing to abide by the code of conduct listed in full in Section 4 of our Safeguarding Policy. You can read our safeguarding policy here.

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Equality and Diversity Monitoring
Arts Emergency is committed to being an equitable and supportive Network. To help us track our progress, please complete this section. Your information is anonymous and kept strictly confidential, it will only be used to provide an analysis of our work.
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