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 re-offending 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 National Lottery Community 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. The Working Together for Work and Local Learning Perspective projects are funded by the European Social Fund and the National Lottery, through the Community 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.
Gateway Community Allotment project
The Gateway 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.
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.
Read about Aimee’s experience of being a mentor for the Surrey Care Trust.
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