Brief description of role:
– A mentor is someone who enables their mentee to achieve their goals, who offers support and ‘signposts the way’, often during a period of transition.
– Shoulder to Shoulder mentors are expected to meet with their mentees at least once a month.
– Mentors are expected to provide support and encouragement in order to inspire and empower their mentee to make positive changes in their life.
– Mentors will be expected to attend a training session and complete short updates on how the relationship is going.
Volunteers will be trained and matched with an ex-serviceman. They will meet once a month, either at the drop-in, or in a local café. Mentors are there to guide, motivate, encourage and inspire their mentees to achieve realistic goals – not to provide clinical support. Mentors will ba assessed, trained and DBS checked before being matched.The support can also be offered by email or telephone. Mentees will set themselves goals and it is the job of the mentor to hold them to account: to act as a critical friend and a sounding board. We also run a drop-in once a month and volunteers will attend to provide a safe and informal environment for ex-servicemen to meet. The drop-in will also organise visiting speakers who will attend and talk about the services they offer.
– An understanding of the issues surrounding veterans’ readjustment and function difficulties
– Good listening skills, good communication skills
– Organised and motivated
– Ability to empathise
– An understanding of issues surrounding mental illness
– Attend informal induction and training session in mentoring skills, mental health awareness and military mental health/support.
– DBS check (the mentees are classed as vulnerable adults).
– Note – mentors are not to provide clinical services, those with a clinical qualification are not to use this on their mentees.
– Lives, works or is able to meet mentee in the Dudley area.
– Able to meet the mentee once a month.
– Able to attend training for one day.
Role not suitable for people under the age of 25.
Shoulder to Shoulder Dudley
Shoulder to Shoulder Dudley is our new pilot project providing a Drop In and mentoring support to ex-Service men and women living in Dudley, which has been funded by Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council.
Last year 22,530 personnel left the regular Armed Forces. Over 27% will have a mental health disorder. The Ashcroft Review (The Veterans Transition Review, February 2014) found that for Early Service Leavers the struggle after service life can be even more difficult – only 50% were in employment after six months. For some this can lead to offending, dependence on alcohol and drugs, homelessness and mental health problems.
Shoulder to Shoulder can help if you have had any difficulties at all adjusting to civilian life, by matching you to a specially trained volunteer mentor.
Mentoring is a great opportunity to talk issues through and identify goals which your mentor can help you work towards.
All our volunteer mentors are DBS checked, fully trained and supported by TimeBank’s project co-ordinators to make sure you both have an enjoyable and rewarding experience.
And at our monthly Drop-in sessions you’ll be able to meet other veterans, get practical advice and talk through any issues you are facing, as well as finding out about the services that are available to you.
These will take place at:
Dudley Fire Station, Burton Road, Dudley DY1 3BZ
8th December 10am -1pm
8th January 10am -1pm
4th February 10am -1 pm
12th March 10am -1pm
Stourbridge Fire Station, Parkfield Road, Stourbridge DY8 1HA
22nd December 10am-1pm
22nd January 10am-1 pm
16th Feb 10am-1pm
26th March 10am-1pm
TimeBank has 14 years of experience of volunteer mentoring projects, so we know how effective mentoring can be.
If you’d like any more information, call us on 0121 236 2531 or email: email@example.com.
FOR MORE INFO OR TO APPLY please contact:
Tel: 0121 236 2531