About Bay Sis
Bay Sis is a social mentoring program. Mentors act as a positive role model, offering young women encouragement, support and the opportunity to develop a trusting relationship.
Bay Sis mentors support and guide young women (up to 35 years) who feel isolated and have experienced significant life challenges such as abuse, separation, addiction, imprisonment, homelessness and/or mental health issues.
The program operates in St Kilda. Bay Sis mentors live or work in the City of Port Phillip and surrounding areas.
Mentors receive ongoing support and training from the program coordinator and regular peer support gatherings are held. Mentors are expected to maintain fortnightly contact with the person being mentored and to make a commitment to the program for a minimum of twelve months.
Prospective mentors will be offered:
- initial training
- ongoing support and training
- opportunities for peer support.
For the current recruitment of applications, preference will be given to women who:
- live or work within the City of Port Phillip and surrounding areas
- are aged 25 years and above
- are able to offer 1 - 2 hours weekly or fortnightly Monday to Friday between the hours of 9am and 5pm.
Bay Sis is funded by the City of Port Phillip and the James Goold Trust.
The benefits for young women being mentored include:
- encouragement to develop confidence, knowledge and skills
- opportunities to develop a positive, trusting and fulfilling relationship
- assistance to develop and reach achievable goals and to become active community participants.
Find out more about the Bay Sis program.
For more information about becoming a volunteer mentor with Bay Sis please call 03 9537 1416
Mentoring has broadened my horizons (and my vocabulary!). The rewards are many and varied - seeing a person's confidence grow and realise they are a worthwhile person that people would choose to spend time with. A bond of friendship has developed out of caring and sharing. I would recommend mentoring to anyone who cares about and like people. It is very rewarding. Carole