Could you change a life? Mentor recruitment now open.

Trailblazers Mentoring are delighted to announce that we’re recruiting for a new intake of volunteer mentors to join our team this Spring across all of our projects.

Founded in 1998, Trailblazers provide ‘through the gate’ support to young offenders who wish to turn their lives around. We match our volunteer mentors on a one-to-one basis with a mentee who is due for release within the next six months. Through weekly mentoring sessions inside the prison, our mentors help guide our mentees through a programme of bespoke support to prepare them to return to the community. Once released, you will continue to support your mentee in engaging with probation, applying for benefits, and finding housing, training and job opportunities.

“Do it and get involved. You can really make a difference to an individual and help them change their life completely.”

We are proud to say that our mentees have a reoffending rate of just 9% compared to the national average of 38% – but behind every success story is an individual, supportive relationship that helps our mentees rebuild relationships with friends and family, improve their employment prospects, and inspire new futures.

If you think you could help a mentee turn their life around, please read the full Volunteer Mentor Role Description and Person Specification:

Mentor Job Description

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact the Project Manager for your local area, who will be happy to assist you with your enquiries.

To apply, please complete the application form :

Mentor Application Form

Applications must be submitted by 7th May 2023 for the summer intake. 

Applications after this date will be included in the next intake in August 2023.


Our Projects

HMP Brinsford – New Road, Featherstone, Wolverhampton WV10 7PY

Visiting hours: 9.00 – 11.30am and 1.30 – 4.00pm daily.

Project Manager: Steph Smith

HMPYOI Isis (Woolwich) – Western Way, Thamesmead, SE28 0NZ

Visiting hours: Monday to Friday 8.15 – 12am and 1.00 – 4.00pm.

N.B. Last entry for AM and PM sessions are 10am and 1.45pm respectively. Adjustments may be permitted due to work/childcare reasons.

Project Manager: Ezgi Ozkan

HMP Brixton – Jebb Avenue, Brixton Hill, London, SW2 5XF

Visiting hours: Monday – Thursday 9.00 – 11.00am and 2.00 – 4.00pm. Friday and Saturday 9.00 – 11.00am.

Project Manager: Yemi Obiwumi