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What is mentoring?

"Mentoring is to support and encourage people to manage their own learning in order that they may maximise their potential, develop their skills, improve their performance and become the person they want to be." Eric Parsloe, the Oxford School of Coaching & Mentoring.

Mentoring and befriending is a powerful personal development. It is an effective way of helping pupils to progress with home and school life. It is a non – judgmental relationship between two people where you can volunteer your time to support and encourage a mentee at a time of change in their life. It is a helpful relationship based upon mutual trust and respect.

A mentor:

  • Is a guide who can help the mentee to find the right direction and can help the mentees to develop solutions.
  • Helps the mentee to believe in her/him and boost their confidence.
  • Asks questions and challenge, while providing guidance and encouragement.
  • Helps the mentee to explore new ideas in confidence.
  • Helps the mentee to look more closely at themselves, their issues, opportunities and what they want in life. Mentoring is about becoming more self aware, taking responsibility for your life and directing your life in the direction the mentee decides, rather than leaving it to chance.

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Why become a volunteer mentor – the benefits?

Mentoring provides development opportunities for mentors as well as great personal satisfaction. Being a mentor can improve your leadership skills and enable you to learn from alternative approaches and different ways of thinking. It can be challenging, inspiring and motivating.

No prior knowledge of mentoring is required. Mentors attend a free mentoring training and gain a certificate at the end of the training.

Do you want to volunteer as a mentor for Pioneers, if so all you need is to?

  • Volunteer to help, develop and achieve success
  • Prepare to invest time for minimum of two hours a week and effort
  • Be a good listener and able to encourage others
  • Be interested in challenging and helping someone to reach further
  • Be willing to share your personal knowledge and experiences
  • Keep matters confidential

The mentor can provide organisational skills. Mentors can also provide a sounding board against which to bounce new ideas, clarify problems and suggest alternative working methods. Most importantly mentees work towards goals and targets that mentees need to meet. Pioneers mentors are volunteers. Mentors are not expected to help more than one mentee at a time, but we now have a number of mentors who have successfully helped several mentees in series and who are still supporting pioneers because they enjoy helping others and have benefitted themselves.

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