Mentoring is a simple but effective way for one person to give their support to someone else who is going through a tough time or wants encouragement in making difficult decisions.
Listen to our Mentor Co-Ordinator, Cathy Leamon explain more about mentoring here.
We offer mentoring to people of all ages who value the support of someone independent to help them in gaining confidence and making positive changes. It may be because they are out of work and looking for a new job, wanting to improve their skills or are feeling isolated and lonely but uncertain about how to get involved in community life.
We also work with people leaving prison and ex-offenders trying to avoid reoffending often need help with finding a job or training and all sorts of aspects of returning to a stable life, such as registering with a GP, finding somewhere to live, sorting out finances, improving literacy and getting fit.
Most of our current mentoring work for adults is in the borough of Reigate and Banstead. Funding from the Big Lottery Fund and the European Social Fund has enabled us to introduce two new projects which will provide mentoring and other support to help people to get back to work.
Building Better Opportunities programme
This project gives support to long term unemployed individuals towards and into employment. This project will meet the needs of those with no recent work history or no work history at all.
Participants will typically be at a significant distance from the labour market, often facing challenging, interconnected barriers to job entry and in need of support on multiple fronts. The project will help them achieve entry into employment, education, training or further job search; measurable movement towards the labour market; and increased motivation, self-confidence and self-esteem.
Working Together for Work
This project focuses on supporting the family unit as a whole, working to help one or more members of the household into employment, education, training or job search. The project supports families with multiple complex barriers to develop their skills, capabilities, talents and resilience.
Alongside services to help the adults of the family become work ready, the project will help their children’s learning and ambitions by working closely with other services and agencies, and providing support on a one to one basis and at family level.
The Working Together for Work and Local Learning Perspective projects are funded by the European Social Fund and the National Lottery, through the Big Lottery Fund.
Read more about these projects here.
Thanks to funding from the People’s Postcode Lottery Trust we have also been able to offer mentoring to families from across the south east of the county. The People’s Postcode Trust is a grant-giving charity funded entirely by players of People’s Postcode Lottery.
Mentoring Young People
We work with vulnerable young people who may be having a rough time at school or at home and need someone independent who isn’t a family member or a teacher to listen and support them.
A mentor can help a young person to appreciate their own strengths and find ways to cope with their problems so they start to feel more confident about themselves and their futures. Our mentors meet with their mentees for as long as their support is needed.
Our mentoring work with young people is mainly in the boroughs of Elmbridge and Woking as well as in the east of the county. It is funded by charitable grants and statutory contracts.
Is Mentoring for You?
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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 sessions which will help you decide if mentoring is for you. There is no commitment if you decide it isn’t.
We are recruiting mentors to work in various parts of Surrey, including:
Woking and Elmbridge: Call/text/email Sian Jones, 07765 257022, firstname.lastname@example.org
Reigate & Banstead: Call/text/email Cathy Leamon, 07919 213904, email@example.com
Stanwell: Call/text/email Sian Jones, 07765 257022, firstname.lastname@example.org
Surrey Care Trust’s mentoring service has the national quality standard mark of the Mentoring and Befriending Foundation.