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Mentor Project

 

Mentoring

Find a mentor

Are you visually impaired and aged between 11 and 29? Would you like to talk someone? LOOK’s online mentoring project links young people with mentors. Mentors will help develop your knowledge and awareness of your options. This could be anything from surviving school, further and higher education choices, and paths to employment. Mentors will draw on their experience living with sight loss, to help you make confident and informed decisions about your next step. There will be fun events for you to attend, where you can meet your mentor and other young people.

My mentor is absolutely lovely, and it is great that we were matched as we have so much in common, both with the disability and generally. There have been so many things I’ve been able to ask her advice about and also just having someone there to talk to when I feel under pressure at school is such a relief. (Harriet, Look mentee)

How to become a mentor

A mentor is a person who guides a less experienced person by building trust and modelling positive behaviours. The LOOK online mentoring project builds on this model. If you are aged between 18 and 29, have a vision impairment, with a positive outlook on life, would like to help young visually impaired people – and gain new skills too – we would like to hear from you. You will use your personal experience to help motivate, and encourage young vision impaired people to consider their options. Growing up and living with sight loss can be challenging and from coming to term with sight loss, getting the right support in school and making friends. Your role will be to support young people through these tricky times. The project also involves face to face training and events, designed to help you build rapport with your mentees, develop your mentoring skills and celebrate your mentoring relationship.

I have loved the opportunity to help another person with VI. It feels great to be useful in that way and the whole experience has boosted my own confidence too. (Danielle, mentor)

Benefits of being a mentor

  • Develop mentoring skills
  • Improve your communication skills
  • Gain experience of working with young people
  • An opportunity to use your skills and experience to inspire others and improve our community

Information for parents and professionals

We hope to work closely with schools and colleges to help mentees get the most out of the project. This can include:

  • Recruitment support: We ask that schools and colleges help spread the word about the project to students who meet the criteria and may benefit from having a mentor. Interested students will then be asked to sign up to the project.
  • Engagement: The LOOK Mentoring Coordinator will update you regularly on your participating students. Please encourage mentees to log onto the online platform and contact their mentors, especially if our reports indicate they have been disengaged with the project.
  • Information about safe and secure platform

 

Safeguarding

The project will have a designated project coordinator based at LOOK who will be available throughout the project to address any concerns or questions mentees or mentors may have. They will keep in touch with mentees to ensure they are supported throughout the project. There are also designated child protection officers at Brightside and a full child protection procedure. The online platform has automatic filters to ensure security and Brightside will conduct online spot checks on messages sent. All mentors will have attended a full training session delivered by The Brightside Trust, and will have a cleared enhanced DBS check.

For more information about how to take part and get a mentor, please contact us at info@look-uk.org or call us in the office on 01432 376314.

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