Our training course is essential to equip you with the skills and knowledge you will need to go on to mentor. The course is 4 days, usually 2 week days and 2 Saturdays, held in various parts of the county. Once you have completed the training you need to be able to spare 2-3 hours either weekly or fortnightly to meet with your young person.
The big questions we ask all prospective mentors to think about is can you commit to a relationship with a young person that will last 2 years? PROMISEworks mentoring is an “Attachment Theory” based model, you will find lots more information about attachment both here on the website and during the training course, in a nutshell we are trying to help a young person reassess how they form relationships and where they fit into their world and you can’t do that overnight!
Occasionally during the training, a volunteer may decide not to complete the course, or sometimes we may have a concern about an individual’s suitability to mentor. This is a recognised part of the recruitment process and will be handled with professionalism.
Once you have finished the training we will give you a form to complete, designed to help us with matching you to a young person. We will make an appointment to come and talk through the form with you, usually at home and it is at this stage that we complete all the paperwork for you to begin your mentoring.
Please see the following short film showing feedback from the training: