Do you know what you want to do in life but are finding it hard to achieve your goals?
Do you think you would benefit from being able to ‘pick someone’s brain’ to help you move forward?
If the answer is YES then you may benefit from having a MENTOR!
A mentor is someone who will:
- Help you work out the best way to achieve a specific goal and overcome the obstacles you may have had in the past when you have tried to do something. For example if you are looking for a job they may help with practical things like producing a C.V. or simply help you to cope with nerves at interviews.
- Listen to you and give examples of what you could do based on their own experience. They do not tell you what to do but help you work things out for yourself.
- Meet with you regularly to check how you are getting on, offer different ideas if needed and keep your confidence boosted.
Solihull Council has trained some of its staff to be mentors to looked after young people and care leavers. These staff are not social work professionals but do all kinds of jobs within the council. They have a variety of skills and knowledge and have volunteered to spend time with young people to support them to achieve what they want to achieve.
Each member of staff who becomes a mentor is interviewed and trained by a mix of young people and youth workers so we know that they are the right person for the job.
Getting a mentor
If you are interested in having a mentor we will meet with you and ask you to tell us about yourself, what you want to achieve; what you need help with; what sort of person you think would be the best to help you (and what sort of person you couldn’t work with!) and anything else that you think will help us find the right mentor for you.
We then match you with a mentor by checking what you are looking for against the details of all our mentors to see who has got the most relevant skills and experience to help you. The next step is for you to meet each other to make sure you can work together.
If everyone is in agreement you and your mentor will work together for anything between 6 to 18 months depending on what you want to work on and how quickly you progress towards your goal.
Please remember though that your mentor is a volunteer and can only help you achieve a specific goal. They can’t help you with other queries or problems that your social worker or PA would normally support you with.
If you think having a mentor will benefit you, email us on firstname.lastname@example.org for some more information or talk to your social worker or PA.