It’s been 3 months since we successfully launched our first mentoring programme. Already we have 15 fantastic mentor-mentee partnerships developing. We are already seeing the positive impact this is having on young people and the mentors, so we want to expand this opportunity to more of our young service users.
In this short interview, Imara’s project coordinator, Lily gives an update of the mentoring project’s development since launching in June 2020.
Supporting young people:
The young person will have already completed their journey through the criminal justice process and will have had, or be still having therapy provided by Imara.
We know that young people who have suffered abuse/trauma often find it difficult to take that first step to get where they need to be. For various reasons, from missing school, lacking confidence or the right language to communicate their ideas, our young service users would particularly benefit from having the support from a mentor.
Mentors will help their mentee realise their goals. Depending on the individual these can be as broad as the young person wants; from learning a new skill like riding a bike or cooking, to developing career pathways and exploring volunteering opportunities.
Support from Imara
There are many rewards of being a mentor to a young person at Imara. We want to ensure this is a positive experience for all mentors and mentees. Mentors will receive extensive training on mentoring, safeguarding and trauma to equip them with the skills to support and empower a mentee.
We will also support all mentors throughout this journey with regular supervision and will be on hand to answer questions and deal with any issues along the way.
If you don’t already have one, we will complete an enhanced DBS*, this is essential to work with vulnerable young people.
Covid-19: All group activities, training and mentoring sessions will initially take place online. Some of our current mentors have been meeting face to face, but this in constant review and is only be permitted if it best suits both mentor and mentee. We’d also like to establish a mentoring group to connect all mentors and mentees so everyone can also meet and share ideas and experiences.
To complete online mentor training programme (min 10 hours)
To meet (initially online) the young person at least once a month.
To document each session in the ‘Mentoring Journal’ and send to project coordinator each month.
To attend regular review sessions with project coordinator.
To participate in group activities with other mentors and mentees (within lockdown restrictions).
To keep in contact regularly with the young person and work with them to identify clear and realistic goals.
To inspire and encourage the young person and positively contribute to their welfare.
To be an independent stable adult that can listen and show empathy and understanding in a non-judgmental manner.
*To complete a DBS check we will need two forms of photo ID and proof of address within the last three months
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September 21st, 2020