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On this page you can find out more about our peer mentoring for visually impaired (VI) young people.
We currently have 130 trained LOOK Mentors. They are a brilliant community of visually impaired volunteers that share their experience and life hacks with younger VI peers.
Our Mentors find the funny side to life, and they help other VI young people to grow in self-confidence and to thrive. Mentees can be between age 11 and 29 years old.
All our LOOK Mentors are 18 years + and are DBS checked. They come from a variety of backgrounds and have different VI needs and experiences, but they share a passion and commitment to supporting VI young people through mentoring.
Our flagship LOOK Mentor Project keeps growing, and we are continually investing in the LOOK Mentors. Some of the mentees have gone on to be Mentors, and some now work with LOOK on the Mentor Project. It is brilliant that the LOOK Mentor Project really is helping VI young people to thrive. Thank you to all the amazing LOOK Mentors who volunteer their time to support their younger peers.
Mentor Project Team
Could you be a LOOK Mentor?
Quick Q&A on how to become a LOOK Mentor
What is a mentor? A mentor is a person who guides a less experienced person by building trust, modelling positive behaviours, and sharing experience.
What exactly is a LOOK Mentor? A LOOK Mentor is a visually impaired young person age 18-29 years who can relate to the concerns of their blind and partially sighted mentees as an older peer, and in a different way to a parent, QTVI, doctor or health worker.
Could I be a LOOK Mentor? Are you visually impaired, 18-29 and have a passion to help others? Have you learned hacks along the way that can help other young people with a visual impairment? If so, yes, please get in touch with us!
How would I know how to mentor? Full training is given to all our LOOK Mentors. All our mentoring is hosted on a safe online platform. Our Mentor Project staff team are there for support and mentoring skills development.
It sounds great, how do I sign up? We will be recruiting new Mentors at the end of this year for training in early 2024. Also, later this summer we will be specifically recruiting Trainee Mentors who have university experience as part of our Student Mentor Project. Register your interest with us, or ask to find out more about becoming a mentor, by sending an email to email@example.com (please include your full name, age, and a contact phone number).
Apply to be a Mentor
Chris has Retinitis Pignmentosa (RP) and he is a teacher for children with special educational needs.
“We need mentors to show VI children and young people that sight loss is not a barrier, and, in some cases, can be an advantageous. Mentors can inspire young people to follow their dreams and be who they want to be.”
Who's who in the LOOK Mentor Project Team
Our small but mighty Mentor Project Team train and oversee our 130 volunteer LOOK Mentors. All the team have eye conditions which impact their vision, and five out of six of the team started out as LOOK Mentors before being hired to work for LOOK. The Mentor Project team are based around the country, some working regionally, others nationally.
Click here to read more about Ruth, Elin, Charlotte, Maria, Megan, and Syd.
To contact the Mentor Project Team, please drop an email to us and your message will be directed to the right person.