Being a mentor means giving someone vital support as they make their journey though life.
You’ll help your mentee to make the most of their skills and experience, become more self-confident and ultimately to achieve their goals. Mentoring with ProjectScotland is a unique opportunity to help someone overcome any challenges they face and to support them to work out their next steps in life.
The support you offer is dependent on what your mentee finds useful and might include: helping your mentee to identify their skills and strengths, discussing potential options for their future, and working with them to develop their CV and interview skills.
Give your mentee an hour of your time per week and see how a little support from you can make a big change to their life. If this sounds like something you’d like to get involved in, or if you want to know more, check out the rest of our mentoring info.
How it works
We work with hundreds of people every year. Everyone we work with is offered a mentor to help them achieve their individual goals and work out what they want to do in the future. The support you can offer is invaluable, from providing CV advice, interview preparation, to goal setting and confidence building.
We can’t do it without you!
You’ll give an hour a week to your mentee, for between twelve weeks and a year depending on what is most beneficial for them. How you spend that hour will depend on the support your volunteer wants and the time you spend together will evolve as your mentoring relationship develops.
Many of our mentors have been with us for years, helping change the lives of thousands of young people across Scotland.
You can help your mentee get on in life by sharing your experiences, skills and networks with them. Using your great communication and listening skills you can give your volunteer a fresh perspective on their current situation and help them make the most of their placement. During your time with your mentee you will work together to make effective plans for the future, tackle current challenges and make difficult decisions. By giving a small amount of your time you really can change someone’s life.
If you get on with people, are an optimist, have an open mind and are committed to helping young people, you are just who we are looking for. Plus, we’ll give you training so you feel prepared and confident to mentor. When you are matched with your mentee there is ongoing support from ProjectScotland.
If you’re thinking about mentoring with us just listen to what our volunteer mentor Alan has to say:
“If you’re considering mentoring there’s no need to have reservations, there’s lots of help and support available. Just have the confidence that your experience, failures and successes are all you need”.
Mentoring stories & tips
Every mentoring relationship is different. We work with people from all backgrounds with a massive variety of ambitions and challenges. Here you can hear from mentors and mentees who have worked together to tackle these challenges and create great mentoring relationships.
If you’re already mentoring with us check out our mentoring resources page for webinars, useful articles and our mentor toolkit.