Mentoring forges a relationship between two individuals in which one person (Mentor) gives their time to support and encourage the other (Mentee). Being a mentor is a valuable source of help to others who desire to make progress in their lives, studies or work.  Mentoring provides assistance, guidance and support to another person (a mentee) in their everyday tasks.

A mentor also helps to induct, orientate and develop the teaching and learning skills of the mentee by (to name a few):

  • Sharing, exploring and reflecting on teaching and learning skills
  • Listening, clarifying, reflecting back and discussing
  • Having a duty of care towards the mentee and helping them to deal with any emotional responses triggered by the training process
  • Encouraging, building self esteem and confidence of the mentee

A few advantages of being a mentor are:

  • Further developing personal and professional skills
  • Opportunities to network with other professionals
  • Job satisfaction and increased self-esteem
  • New opportunities for career and professional development

The PLIAS Resettlement mentor training consists of two initial days of training. Following this, we provide continuous and ongoing support to all our mentors. This enables us to identify any additional support required to help them fulfil their mentoring role effectively. We are committed to supporting the personal development of our mentors as much as the mentees.

What our Mentors have to say about us

“Volunteering and mentoring has really opened my eyes and tested me in terms of working with this client group. It takes so much time for people to open up and share their concerns and it has really developed my skills.” (PLIAS Mentor 2013)

“At first glance, things like filling out application forms may appear to be trivial tasks. However, for the clients that I have and continue to work with, I often see how relieved they are and appreciative of the support I give them with completing and submitting application forms.” (PLIAS Mentor 2012)

(An ex-offender, now a mentor): “When I first started as a mentor I was stressing a lot, but PLIAS made me believe that I had a second chance. I want to help other people, because I know what it feels like – people often judge you for what you did before.” (PLIAS mentor 2013)

What our Mentees have to say about us

“My marriage broke up and I started using alcohol and drugs. I needed PLIAS and a mentor as I wasn’t coping. I couldn’t get treatment, but they helped to get outpatient appointments. Now I have a Doctor too.” (mentee 2013)

“I see my mentor once a week for about an hour. He listens to me. Listening helps me a lot. They helped me to find somewhere to live now.” (mentee 2013)

“I was always getting in and out of trouble. My PLIAS mentor was good to me. They found me somewhere to live  and helped me get a job. I am now working full time, I feel like I am getting my life back on track.” (mentee 2013)