Q: What happens in a typical Mentoring Session?
A: Mentee-led conversation, activities and play. Mentees choose interests and activities they would like to focus on and mentors organise resources. Mentees are invited to think about four different elements to help address the difficulties or challenges they face.
- Make: Get creative
- Get Organised: Know what you want
- Communicate: Listen and be listened to
- Grow: Try something new
Q: Who is it for?
A: Children & young people who can benefit from short-term mentoring include those who:
- Struggle to stay focussed in the classroom
- Find it hard to make and/or keep friendships
- Lack self-worth
- Are easily discouraged
- Find it difficult to describe feelings
Q: Why mentoring?
A: Successful mentoring relationships support the mentee to make small gains and can improve social and emotional capacity, easier communication and better awareness of interests, skills and talents. Individual attention from a volunteer who has chosen to meet up can convince the mentee they can be likeable and of interest to another person outside their family or school network, which can improve self-esteem and confidence.
A: The outcomes that we aim for: enhanced emotional wellbeing and improved communication and social skills. Quality mentoring allows for a more optimistic view of the future and has the potential to improve educational attainment and life chances.