Mentoring & Befriending Programs

Voluntary MENTORING AND BEFRIENDING is a mutually beneficial, purposeful relationship in which an individual gives his or her time to help another make changes in their life.

Sometimes some of us need help to get by. We all know what it’s like to feel left out. Loneliness is a lingering concern for isolated people, especially in later life. Not everyone has a family or friends they can turn to for guidance and advice.

Mentoring and befriending can make a real difference for people who are struggling with the modern world’s many adversities. It covers a range of affirmative activities in which one person, who is not family or a close friend, gives support and encouragement to another. It can be conducted on a one-to-one or group basis; in community, statutory and business settings.

Mentoring and befriending relationships are mutually beneficial with both service users and volunteers amply rewarded personally and socially – obtaining new skills, making friends and having stimulating experiences while making a real contribution to their communities.

STN mentoring and befriending programs can be formal or informal – although to make a real difference mentors must be thoroughly trained, well supervised and fully informed of the legal, ethical and professional protocols.

 

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FOR VOLUNTEER MENTORS

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STN mentoring and befriending meetings are informal yet highly informative discussions essential to building a positive productive team ethic. Share your knowledge and learn from the experiences of others.

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Our common ground meetings allow befriending staff and committee members to meet others involved in local befriending projects, to discuss and explore topical issues around befriending and contribute to good practice in befriending at a national level.

Skills and Training Network (STN) focus on four main areas of mentoring and befriending:

Tutorial

Re-enter education, find employment, develop a career

Changing behaviour

Improve relationships, reduce unwanted behaviour, help integrate into the community

Expanding opportunities

Develop personal skills, build confidence, establish life goals

Support

Build trust, encourage resilience, reduce isolation

We offer a specialist befriending project aimed at women from BAMER communities and new emigrants who are settling in the UK but find themselves marginalised and unable to identify with their new environment.

  • We offer Call in Time Telephone Befriending by our befriender will phone at the agreed time for a chat
  • Face to face Befriending services; this often involves befriender to visit our beneficiaries in their home, perhaps for a cup of tea and a or accompanying them to an activity (such as a trip to a cafe or the theatre). In some cases, a volunteer may accompany the older person to an occasional hospital or doctor’s appointments.

Participants are matched according to gender, language, ethnicity, and the personal issues they need to address. A peer mentor can serve as a helping hand, a sounding board, and a referral service – providing support, encouragement, and information.  Skills & Training Network mentors are fully acquainted with our service policies; they can give support in developing ICT, English, Basic Skills, Employability Skills, and others,  etc.

Each Peer Mentoring program is unique and tailored to the needs of the trainee.  All STN  mentors are familiar with our rules and procedures and if unsure of the circumstances can direct the novice to someone in authority who can properly address their concerns.

Peer mentoring Programs

Peer mentoring services are planned programs that follow specific guidelines with meetings and activities set to a prescribed schedule. Participants are matched according to gender, language, ethnicity, and the personal issues they need to address. A peer mentor can serve as a helping hand, a sounding board, and a referral service – providing support, encouragement, and information.  Skills & Training Network mentors are fully acquainted with our service policies; they can give support in developing ICT, English, Basic Skills, Employability skills, and others,  etc.

Each Peer Mentoring program is unique and tailored to the needs of the trainee.  All STN  mentors are familiar with our rules and procedures and if unsure of the circumstances can direct the novice to someone in authority who can properly address their concerns.

We aim to make a real difference for people who are struggling with the modern world’s many adversities.  We know that as we get older friends and relatives move on, loved ones pass away, our health can suffer and mobility problems make it hard to get out and about, stay in touch with people or form new friendships. This isolation inhibits communication, making it difficult to tell others that you are feeling lonely. We aim to combat loneliness

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The STN peer mentoring service can help with:

  • ESOL courses
  • Computer and Digital Skills 
  • English and Maths
  • Employability Skills 
  • Confidence building 
  • Health issues and 1:1 Support session
  • Housing benefit/ income support/ tax credit
  • Managing finance.
  • Using the local community facilities i.e library 
  • Available Government services
  • Civil right

Befriending Programs

BEFRIENDING

Befriending is a service beneficial to people who are socially excluded in some way. These range from vulnerable children to people with disabilities or mental health issues, disaffected young people, people with long-term health conditions, those who are socially excluded because of cultural factors (e.g. religion, language barrier), people who are older, those living with dementia and their carers.

 

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STN provides regular networking opportunities for our service users to meet; share experiences; exchange information, ideas, and research. We also host an annual conference for coordinators, when we try to address emerging social policy themes relevant to the sector.

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  • Half of all UK citizens aged 75 and over live alone.
  • 1 in 10, more than a million, people aged over 65 say they often feel lonely.
  • Half of our pensioners consider the television their main form of company.

As we get older friends and relatives move on, loved ones pass away, our health can suffer and mobility problems make it hard to get out and about, stay in touch with people or form new friendships. This isolation inhibits communication, making it difficult to tell others that you are feeling lonely.

We also offer a specialist befriending project aimed at women from diverse communities who are settling in the UK but find themselves marginalised and unable to identify with their new environment. Some have few visitors and feel detached from society; this can create various psychological issues which may lead to depression with its many negative repercussions.

All STN befrienders and mentors are volunteers and freely give their time to help others. If you would like to contribute to our cause by making a donation, please go to our contacts page for the relevant information.

 

 

Become a befriender or a mentor

Would you like to give someone in need a Helping Hand?

Can you spare an hour a week to help someone who is lonely or isolated or to help change a life?

STN is looking for volunteer befrienders. These will be expected to spend time with someone who feels lonely and isolated for two hours once a week. The initial period that a volunteer is asked to commit is one year with one service user, but the support may continue beyond this. We do our best to ensure that our volunteers and their wards are matched according to mutual interests and preferences.

Ideally, befrienders should be pursuing a career in mental health care or have experience of working with people with mental health problems. The befriending service provides personalised companionship for people with dementia or their carers, either in their own home or with outings and activities in the community.

This could include:

  • support to continue hobbies and personal interests
  • support to participate in leisure and social activities
  • support to carry out regular activities such as shopping
  • general companionship
  • Do you enjoy a chat? Are you compassionate, patient and caring? Are you a good listener?
  • You will help people feel valued and part of their community.
  • You will receive training and learn new skills.
  • You can also help newcomers( mainly refugees and asylum seekers) to practice English, make new friends.

STN community programs provide a range of support actions; we aim to help people feel less socially isolated, to have more confidence, and a greater sense of independence. Volunteers are essential to achieving these goals.

If you would like more information, to volunteer, or know someone who would benefit from our services please get in touch.

Become a patron 

Being a Friendship Ambassador is a socially and personally beneficial action. You can help to promote the work we do by telling people about Skills and Training Network.

As an ambassador you can:

  • Tell family, friends and colleagues about STN – especially if you think they might make a good mentor, know a person who would benefit from our services or know a fundraiser looking to support a worthy cause
  • Arrange a lunchtime presentation at your workplace to introduce colleagues to STN
  • Like us on facebook, follow us on twitter and help us to start conversations online about our services
  • Nominate us as your ‘Charity of the Year’
  • Act as an official media spokesperson, be available for interviews with journalists and be ready to talk about the work we do (available only to existing mentors, patrons and fundraising supporters).
Registration

How To Register

If you need help to find out about the course booking or further information about the course, please call or email us.  Please fill the form.

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