Be paired with a mentor to help you reach your work and life goals.

Mentors are trained and experienced members of the community from a variety of different backgrounds who can give you regular and trusted advice, support and guidance.

Meet with your mentor on a weekly or fortnightly basis. Each 1-2-1 mentoring session lasts roughly an hour.

It’s up to you and your chosen mentor to decide how you’d like to meet.

You can talk on the phone, on a video call or in person.

Mentoring sessions can take place in The Old School House or within the local community such as a coffee shop.

Why try mentoring?

✏️ Get Access to useful experience and skills

Mentors will be able to offer you a unique perspective informed by their own experience that can help you work through big questions in your life and set you up for success.

💭 Match with a like-minded mentor of your choice

Choose the mentor that seems right for you from a handpicked shortlist we put together. We will try to find you a mentor with experience in a field you’re interested in, or someone who has dealt with similar situations that you’re facing.

💡 Get to the next level

Mentoring can help you to think through your next steps, putting actions in place to achieve them – breaking large goals into manageable and tangible steps.

🗺 Gain improved clarity and direction

Mentoring is a space for you to reflect and talk about what’s going on for you with someone who has distance from the situation. Discovering the way forward with a helping hand.

Areas you can discuss with your mentor:

  • Space to be listened to
  • CV writing and job searching support
  • Career advice
  • Confidence building and self-esteem advice
  • Ongoing 1-2-1 support
  • Employment advice
  • General life guidance
  • Space to reflect
  • And much, much more!

How do I get involved?

You need to have filled out a membership form for ESTEEM to link you to a mentor.

If you haven’t already, you can fill out the membership form above.

Once you’ve signed up, you can join the mentoring programme by letting any staff member know that you’re interested in having a mentor.

Martin is a mentor at ESTEEM

He was interviewed by young adult Carla to talk about his experience as a mentor

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!

Adult volunteer recruitment for mentors is currently paused.

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