“I was falling apart before I started getting the support from my mentors. Now I’m sorting out my debts and I’m using my skills and training to find work in the building industry.” Alan
We offer mentoring to people who value the support of someone independent to help them to gain confidence and make positive changes to get back into employment. Often the people we help are facing problems like addiction, relationship breakdown, low maths, English or digital skills, childcare responsibilities or a criminal record. They may have not worked for a long time and have lost their confidence and have low self-esteem. (We also offer mentoring support for families and young people).
Our mentoring programme matches someone facing these problems with one of our trained volunteer mentors and a support worker. Together, they can provide you with practical advice like c.v. writing and help finding volunteering or training opportunities to learn new skills, as well as listening to problems and helping you to manage these better.
Sometimes we may work with the whole family to help people to make the changes they need to, to get back into work and have happier home and personal lives that will help them to stay in work.
Almost all of our mentees (the people we support through mentoring) told us that they feel more supported and valued. A third of the people we supported in the east of the county found a job or were actively job seeking or returned to education.
Usually a mentor will meet you in a public place, like a coffee shop but we have adapted our service during the Covid-19 pandemic to provide support via email, apps and telephone.
Contact us for support
For a referral form if you are a professional working with people in Surrey, or to contact us directly if you need support, please email email@example.com.
Our mentoring for work support is funded by the European Social Fund and the National Lottery Community Fund
Gateway Community Allotment project
The Gateway Community Allotment project is funded by the European Social Fund and the National Lottery Community Fund. Based in Earlswood on land provided by Reigate and Banstead Council, it aims to help anyone at risk of isolation and the long-term unemployed to make positive changes by developing practical skills and to benefit from the therapeutic benefits of gardening. Additional individual support is also available from one of the Trust’s trained volunteer mentors.
As improving confidence, skills and self-esteem are key to enabling people to develop and progress into training, education or employment, clients are encouraged to take the lead and make suggestions. But the project also enables people to feel comfortable to do as much or as little as they choose during sessions – just being present in a safe outdoor space can have a profound effect on an individual’s mental health. If you are unemployed or suffering from ill-health, struggle with depression or a lack of confidence then our project may be able to help you – click here to find out more. If you are a professional providing help and support to vulnerable clients and would like to make a referral, click here for more information or contact our project staff – details below.
For more information contact: Gemma Seldon, our Gateway Horticulture Community Project Administrator on 07771 961619 or Zahra Dhaimish, our Gateway Horticulture Community Project Co-ordinator, 07875 589298.
We also offer Covid-19 Support Groups
Thanks to funding from the Community Foundation for Surrey, we are trailing a pilot project to provide support to people living in Reigate and Banstead, affected by the Covid-19 virus.
Our Covid-19 Support Groups bring together people who have had the virus, or family members whose loved ones have had the virus, people who have lost a loved one because of the Covid-19 virus or complications arising from the virus with a trained therapist. Our online sessions last for one hour during the evening and you can take part for as long you need. Guided by our therapist, each group will be encouraged to provide informal support to one another and use talking therapy to explore emotions, problems and solutions. Just knowing you are not alone can be a real comfort too.
For more information about the groups contact Cathy Leamon – call 07730 570305 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Join us a volunteer mentor
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Mentoring is a valuable way of giving your time to help other people. No one says it is easy! But it can be hugely rewarding.
Sometimes we ask our volunteers to work with people who can be hard to reach and resistant to accepting help and support. Building a rapport and helping them in taking positive steps requires patience and understanding.
Do you enjoy a challenge? Are you resilient? Are you open-minded and non-judgemental? Do you enjoy meeting people from all walks of life? Do you have time to meet someone regularly, usually once a week?
If your answers are YES we would love to hear from you. We provide free training, over three or four sessions which will help you decide if mentoring is for you. There is no commitment if you decide it isn’t.
Read about Aimee’s experience of being a mentor for the Surrey Care Trust.