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.
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.
If you have any questions about mentoring, please find the contact details below:
T: 0300 330 0648