What is Peer Mentoring?
Peer Mentoring is a goal orientated one-to-one service. People will work with one of our trained mentors – all of whom have a lived experience of mental health challenges – to plan and carry out steps towards achieving goals to enhance their wellbeing or address a particular challenge they are facing such as improving social confidence, using public transport, accessing education, voluntary work, and employment.
About Mind’s Peer Mentors
Peer Mentors are volunteers with a lived experience of their own mental health challenges and recovery, selected by Mind BLMK for their interpersonal and communication skills and trained to support you to create an action plan to work towards your goal/s. Peer Mentors are not counsellors and do not provide crisis support but can provide a means of support with setting goals and achieving them.
How mentoring works
A mentoring relationship is founded upon trust, mutual respect and confidentiality. It enshrines the values of Mind BLMK in as much as it aims to meet individual needs and promote recovery, wellbeing and independence. Mentors meet with their mentees at one of our venues or in a public place for 1-2 hours at a time, normally once a week for a period of up to 12 weeks.
Mind will assess individuals for suitability for mentoring services and may make a decision not to offer mentoring if deemed inappropriate. Mind will match the individual with a Peer Mentor and arrange an introductory meeting. Once the Peer Mentor is introduced to the mentee and the goals are discussed, the mentoring relationship commences.
For mentoring to be successful the individual must be willing to make changes to work towards his/her goal. The decision whether to take up Mind’s offer of support lies with the person referred?
I found my mentoring service to be a very useful experience and felt that it has contributed greatly to my continuing improvement. My mentor was a great match and I’m pleased to have had the opportunity to meet with him.
How to access the Mentor service
For most people, self-referral is the simplest way to access our service. You can do this by completing our online referral form on the left of this page.
Referrals from other organisations
For some people, a referral from another place is best. This might be a GP, another mental health service, a charity or voluntary organisation or someone from another organisation. If you would like to refer someone for support, we would encourage you to contact us to discuss the referral, or to download a referral form.
If you are referring someone else, please ensure that they are happy with the referral and that they know it is happening. Please also ensure that you have completed all areas of the form and provided any relevant additional information, such as care plans, risk assessments or similar.
You can download referral forms in either Word or PDF format below. Once completed, these should be returned to:
Mind BLMK, The Rufus Centre, Steppingley Road, Flitwick, MK45 1AH
They can be scanned and sent by email to [email protected]
Or faxed to 01525 722224
Criteria for referral:
- Resident in Bedfordshire
- Primary diagnosis of a mental health problem
- Aged 18 and over
- No prolonged history of violence
- Not in need of nursing or personal care
- Personal circumstances must allow the individual to be able to focus on working towards goals.
If you have any questions about mentoring, please find the contact details below:
For Central Bedfordshire and Bedford:
T: 07584 603786 or 01525 722284
This service is funded by East London NHS Foundation Trust.