Mind BLMK offer mentoring across our patch, providing 1 to 1 support to help people achieve a wide range of goals. 

What is the aim of Mentoring?

Mind BLMK's goal-orientated mentoring service is well established throughout the area.

Examples of goals that can be worked towards are: 

  • Taking part in physical activity
  • Using public transport
  • Building a social circle
  • Looking for work/voluntary work.

The service aims to:

  • Enhance quality of life and aid recovery by providing goal-orientated support on a 1 to 1 basis
  • Support individuals to set and achieve goals, thus building self-confidence and improving mental wellbeing
  • Help individuals build and maintain relationships
  • Support individuals to engage in physical activity.

About Mind's Mentors

Mentors are volunteers trained by Mind BLMK to support you to create an action plan to work towards your goal/s identified from completing a Recovery Star assessment. Volunteer mentors are selected for their interpersonal and communication skills. They receive formal training for their role which is certified by the Open College Network. Mentors are not counsellors but can provide a means of support with setting goals and achieving them.

If you would like to consider being a mentor, you can download an application pack HERE.

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.

Goals for these meeting are discussed with the Mentor Lead. Individuals will be referred to the mentoring service through the referrals procedure. They will then be contacted by the mentor lead to discuss their goal/s and the level of support required. 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 volunteer mentor and arrange an introductory meeting. Once the volunteer 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.

What to Expect from a Mentor

The mentor will:

  • Support you to create an action plan to work towards your goals/s
  • Support and encourage you to consider how to handle difficult situations
  • Listen to your concerns and ask questions so that you can rationalise solutions
  • Challenge your preconceptions so that they do not stand in the way of your progress
  • Provide support and encouragement when the going gets tough
  • Be non-judgemental.

Testimonial

"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

You can access Mind BLMK's Services through a range of agencies including, Health Services, Social Services and through your GP. The easiest way is to complete our online form - click HERE

If you would rather, you can download a Word Access to Service Form here or a Pdf form here or ring 0300 330 0648 and select option 1. If you are currently accessing our services, please tell the Locality Lead for your area that you would like to be mentored and the process can start.

Criteria for referral:

  • Resident in Bedfordshire or Luton (if you are in Milton Keynes, you can still access mentoring through the Wellbeing service)
  • 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.

Mentor Drop-in for people already using our service

Mind BLMK runs a Mentor Drop in service for people currently using our service which is a one off chance to speak to a Mentor.

Biggleswade - St Andrew's Church, Shortmead Street, Biggleswade SG18 0AT - Friday 11am - 1pm

Leighton Buzzard - Leighton Buzzard Wellbeing Centre, Ground Floor, Arden House West Street, Leighton Buzzard LU7 1DD - Mondays 11am – 1pm

Luton - Luton Wellbeing Centre, 46-56 Dumfries Street, Luton LU1 5BP - Tuesday 11am – 1pm

To book an appointment to talk to a support worker, call 07584603786 or email: mentoring@mind-blmk.org.uk. 

More information

If you have any questions about mentoring, ring 07584 603 786 or 01525 722284 or email mentoring@mind-blmk.org.uk