What is Mentoring & Befriending?
Mentoring and befriending is a one-to-one, non-judgemental relationship where you volunteer your time to support and encourage someone. Many people benefit from the support of a mentor or befriender at a time of change in their life or when they are socially isolated due to illness or old age. Many volunteers will help over a long period of time, helping to build trust and a relationship. People who need guidance and help come from all walks of life and ages, from teenagers through to the elderly.
Examples of Mentoring & Befriending
- Community befriending schemes for isolated older people
- Peer mentoring where students will support and mentor their peers
- Community mentors supporting young people entering the criminal justice system
- Community mentors supporting primary school and transition pupils
- E-mentoring, where company mentors give support to local school students through regular email contact
How to Volunteer
You should be prepared to dedicate a certain amount of your free time and energy, show a lot of commitment and be a good listener. As a volunteer mentor, you are there to encourage and support someone, not teach or police them.