Provide regular meaningful support to a local young person.

You can make a real difference in our local community by joining our wonderful team of mentors.

Mentoring can have a positive effect on the wellbeing and inclusion of both the mentor and mentee. We regularly hear how both can benefit from mentoring, feeling more connected and inspired by each other.

Who are mentors?

Mentors are skilled and experienced members of the community who have a little time and energy to invest in the local younger generation; helping them to discover what they want to do with their lives, how to gain the confidence to achieve it and identifying career and personal development goals.

You don’t have to have a specific skill set to become a mentor, however, you will have to be over 27 years old and pass our mentoring interview and DBS check. All mentors also have to have completed our mentoring training before beginning their mentorship.

Who are the mentees?

There is no one size fits all profile for young adults at ESTEEM. Many have low levels of confidence and be dealing with some anxiety. Some young adults may have a history of mental health problems, homelessness, and other life-affecting issues such as long term unemployment.

How are mentors and mentees matched?

If your application to be a mentor is successful you will be placed into our pool of potential mentors. From there our mentoring coordinator will shortlist you with young adults who share similar interests, experiences or personalities. The young adult will then be able to choose their preferred mentor from the shortlist. You can then meet with your mentor for a session to make sure it’s the right fit for both of you.

Have any questions? Email Emma.Edwards@esteem.org.uk

One Mentors Story So Far...

Martin was interviewed by young adult Carla to talk about his experience so far

What does your role involve?

I’m a mentor. I see my role as supporting, encouraging, and motivating—creating a place to reflect and talk about what is going on.

Why do you volunteer for ESTEEM?

I’m a nurse by background, and up until about three years ago, I was working clinically and seeing people. In the current role I’m in now, I don’t have the option to work directly with people, so one of my main motivating factors for volunteering at ESTEEM was that I could spend some more time with people face-to-face.

How has the experience been for you so far?

It’s great at ESTEEM. It’s a wonderful place. It’s a place that has wonderful values that I really admire and appreciate.

Would you encourage others to volunteer, and if so, why?

100%. It’s a small amount of time that can make a big difference, so why not?  If you’ve got a bit of time, why not make it of value to someone else?

What is the best part of working at ESTEEM, and being a mentor?

One of the best parts of working at ESTEEM is building a relationship that’s helpful to people. I’m significantly older than the young adults, so having some experience that I can impart and share is great. And I hope that people can perhaps learn something from my experiences. It’s nice to be helpful, I think!

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