Have you considered Mentoring?
Mentoring is rewarding way to share skills and influence somebody’s life for the better. And with the right basic training, it needn’t be time consuming or taxing either!
In the new year, Better Bankside are teaming up with St Mungo’s Recovery College to offer a mentoring training session for those of you interested in finding out how to enjoy being an effective mentor. The training will cover:
- Techniques, models and definitions in mentoring
- Boundaries/Confidentiality and support for mentors
- Introduction to St Mungo’s – ethos, clients and what we do
Opportunities to use your new skills
These skills are highly transferable, both in the workplace and in helping friends or young people think clearly about forward progress. However, at St Mungo’s Recovery College your input could provide a rare opportunity for homeless clients to discuss their next steps with somebody outside of the homeless sphere. The mentoring could cover opportunities and ambitions beyond St Mungo’s – volunteering, further education, employment, vocational training, creating a structured week, etc. Mentees will be clients referred because they are close to moving back into independent living, and therefore will benefit most. Timing is flexible to your availability and a mentorship would cover a time limited period between 3-6 months. Sessions are typically fortnightly or monthly.
As registered volunteers with St Mungo’s you would also be able to access additional training and make use of ongoing support, including regular debriefs after sessions.
Could you spare a couple of hours a month? Get in touch with AWilliams [at] MUNGOS.ORG (subject: Mentoring%20with%20St%20Mungo's%20opportunity) (Andy Williams) for an informal chat.
To register for an invite to the introductory Mentoring Training Session, email kb [at] betterbankside.co.uk (subject: Mentoring%20Training%20Session%20-%20Keep%20me%20in%20the%20loop!) (Katy Barker).