We believe that all girls and young women have the potential to be ambitious and successful, however experience tells us that navigating your way through adolescence can be a scary time. We have found that a friendly and experienced ear can make all the difference to listen, support, guide and share experiences. We provide female role models for the duration of a year that guide the mentees towards their goals.
Benefits for the mentee
“Having a mentor helped me to think about my priorities and what’s important in my life. It has given me the tools to set goals for my future.”
ABOUT THE ROLE
As a mentor you’ll encourage and assist a Girl or Young Women to plan and take steps towards achieving her personal goals, helping her towards employment, training or education opportunities. The primary role of a mentor is to inspire and motivate their mentee in achieving their goals and action plan. Above all, a good mentor is willing to take the time to get to know their mentee, to learn new things that are important to the girls and young women and share their experiences.
BENEFITS FOR THE MENTOR
Every girl needs somebody who believes in them.”
Duration and commitment
All Mentors are required to commit for at least 12 months. On average you should meet with your mentee for a minimum of 4 hours per month. Each meeting or communication with your mentee must be recorded.
Training and support
All mentors’ will receive full training before being confirmed as a BelEve UK Mentor and receive on-going support. You will also require an up to date DBS form before you are matched with a mentee.
Each mentor will be allocated a supervisor who will support them when necessary. You will meet with your supervisor every eight weeks.
Can anyone mentor?
Yes, but everyone needs some training to fully understand what mentoring is all about and deliver their best. Your age, sex, religion or social background do not matter.
What skills does a mentor need?
The main skill needed to be an effective mentor is great listening skills. You need to hear not just what is spoken.
How long must I mentor for?
We do not recommend mentoring towards one goal for longer than 18 months
Mentoring sounds like hard work and a lot of my time?
Like any worthwhile commitment, mentoring requires dedication. Expect to give up at least 3 hours every two to three weeks. Add a little more for admin. Also remember that once you start you should not stop without achieving your objectives, so true commitment is a must.
Isn't mentoring just a good talking to?
No. Mentoring is a guiding process, which is based on listening to the mentee and helping them to devise smart goals.
Will I get paid?
Not on this programme.
Do I get my expenses paid?
Yes, each mentor can claim up to £10 expenses a week for travel and beverages.
What is a CRB check?
Anyone who works one on one with young people must obtain a Criminal Records Bureau check. This checks for criminal convictions and is a statutory requirement for all mentors.
I have a criminal conviction, will I be allowed to mentor?
That depends upon the nature of the crime. If it pertains to children, the answer will almost always be no.
Suppose I want to support the programme, but I am not sure I want to mentor?
BelEve UK are happy to explore other possibilities of individuals supporting our objectives in other way other than mentoring.