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!