Mentoring is a helping process that is used in many different sectors and settings, as such there are many approaches and styles.
Our approach is based on the principles that mentoring is a voluntary, respectful and purposeful relationship. The purpose is agreed at the start and is based on what the young person expresses and also on the views of the referrer and /or family or carers. The purpose can change and develop as the mentoring relationship develops.
The role of a volunteer mentor is to meet with a young person regularly, build a purposeful relationship through reliability and respect, plan mentoring sessions around their needs and interests and encourage them to try new experiences and set goals for themselves.
A mentor can support a young person in many ways:
- Building confidence
- Reducing social isolation
- Emotional support
- Pursuing positive social and leisure activities
- Support with friend and family relationships
- Life and social skills: getting on with others, managing emotional responses, cooking, managing money
- Talking, walking, relaxing activities
- Settling into / remaining settled in accommodation
- Planning for a future college or training course