September   2022

Dear Friend,

Welcome to our Bridging the Gap Mentoring  Newsletter . Explaining how we help people through effective mentoring.

Good News – this month

Thanks to Waitrose at Highbury Corner “Give a little love scheme” for donation of £500.

Congratulations to one of our mentors who has started working as a personal advisor to students. Ella said that  her mentoring experience helped her to get this job as she had real experience of supporting others and flew through the interview.

And congratulations to Joe who is about to start his new job. His mentor is supporting him to plan his time and route to make sure he gets there on time.

Ensuring our mentees have support networks 

Our mentors work with mentees  to motivate and support them to make changes in their lives, achieve goals and sort problems that they have been struggling with.

As the support is time limited, we want our mentees at the end of their partnership to feel confident to continue to make changes and deal with issues as they arise. A key part of this is the resources and networks they can draw upon.

We are now introducing a Resource Mapping tool to support this element of mentoring.

Working through this with their mentor, the tool helps the mentee  to see the connections and support they have, both formal and informal, people, groups and organisations. It can build confidence for the mentee to see what resources they already have and to work with the mentor to make new connections.

Our mentors will be trained and supported in using this.

Using the Resource Mapping tool  gives a space to discuss the nature of the connections the client  has;  are they positive ones, strong ones or weak or do they cause stress. The relationships and support a client has is key to them continuing the changes they make in mentoring. Some may decide to focus on rebuilding friendships or moving away from people who don’t support the changes they are making such as no longer using drugs or offending.

 This process helps them look at where the gaps may be. And for identifying future sources of support when mentoring ends, looking at who they can contact if they have any problems.

For example knowing where to call if they have a mental health crisis.It could be  linking into a service such as a local community group or activity that would build ongoing support and social connections, improving their longer term well being.

It empowers them to access support to manage problems they encounter and continue improving their well being.

The networks can include family, friends, relationships with a significant other, work, college, services such as GP or other health or social care agencies such as substance misuse services, charities, religious groups and whoever else they feel is in their network.

 

Along with goals and changes a person wants to make, relationships play a crucial part and this resource is helping to focus the mentor and client on what is there and what needs putting in place.