PROMISEworks appealed to me because it was flexible

How did you become a mentor?
Lots of research into volunteering

Tell me about your mentoring journey, from the moment you first met up until now.

PROMISEworks appealed to me because it was so flexible and it could work round my routines/working hours. A four day training course was offered which was very informative and interactive. I enjoyed learning about psychological approaches to childhood development and how this can have an affect on relationship forming.
It was also great to be introduced to like minded individuals who had a lot of knowledge and experience to offer.

I was paired with a girl who has physical disabilities within a few months, and we have a wonderful time together and a real friendship based on support. The team have been amazing with checking in on me, emails, calls messages to make sure I am comfortable and my young person is happy with the support we are providing her.

Describe what being a mentor is for you?
Being a mentor is all about supporting, providing a friendly smile, and empowering young people to achieve/be the best they can be.

How do you feel you help your young person?
Through listening and meaningful conversations I allow my young person to express any anxieties she has. This could be from any perspective of her life. This allows me to offer support and guidance where necessary.

What has been surprising about your mentoring so far?
I enjoy being able to offer but also receive support and knowledge.

What have you enjoyed the most about being a mentor?
The strong bond we have formed. I love to hear the positive feedback from my young person and also from her family.

What skills and have you learnt throughout being a mentor?
Listening
Baking
Consideration
Patience
To find joy in the small things

Would you recommend people becoming mentors?
YES YES YES!!

Anonymous Mentor
PROMISEworks

Published: 12th Aug 2021

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