HOW DO I APPLY TO BE A PROJECT SCOTLAND MENTOR?
Decide which two people to nominate as referees, then fill out the application form.
HOW DOES PROJECTSCOTLAND MATCH ME TO MY VOLUNTEER?
It is an art not a science, by getting to know you and by knowing our volunteers we bring the right people together. On a practical basis we think about geography, and your skills and interests.
HOW MUCH PAPERWORK IS INVOLVED?
Not much! We ask you to check in with us once a month to tell us how things are going.
HOW MUCH TIME?
We’re asking for an hour of your time per week. You and your volunteer will work out how you spend the time. Each mentoring relationship can last between 12 weeks and one year depending on what works best for you and your mentee.
WHAT HAPPENS IF I DON’T GET ON WITH MY VOLUNTEER?
We understand that sometimes people just don’t gel or are on different wavelengths. Get in touch and we'll start the matching process again with someone different.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A LINE MANAGER AND A MENTOR?
Every ProjectScotland volunteer has a line manager as well as a volunteer mentor. Each of you has a role in supporting the volunteer and sometimes you will overlap. The line manager will seek to develop the volunteer to their full potential within the organisation. As a volunteer mentor you are there to help your volunteer develop to their full potential and explore beyond their current volunteering opportunity.
WHAT TRAINING AND SUPPORT DO YOU PROVIDE?
To get things started we provide an initial Get Ready to Mentor workshop. This lasts for around 6 hours and will give you a grounding in mentoring with ProjectScotland. During this time we'll discuss the role and responsibilities of a mentor, tools and techniques that can be helpful when mentoring as well as the specifics of mentoring with ProjectScotland. Once you start mentoring with ProjectScotland we'll also provide ongoing training on a variety of topics related to mentoring.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF BEING A MENTOR?
Our mentors have highlighted to us a huge range of ways in which mentoring has positively impacted their lives. Through mentoring you can:
• play a role in transforming a young person’s life • develop your skills • become more aware of the realities of the area you live in • feel better connected to your community • expand your networks through meeting other mentors.
WHAT DO MENTORS AND MENTEES SAY?
James (mentor): “I've really enjoyed my time mentoring at Project Scotland, it's been great to get to know and support young people through their placements. The impact you can make with a relatively small time commitment is quite amazing. If anyone's toying with the idea of mentoring - just go ahead and do it!”
Alan (mentor): “The most rewarding thing I have ever done”
Graham (mentee): “I’d definitely recommend having a mentor to others, where you think you’re going in life is not always where you’ll end up. Having a mentor with a different perspective and experiences can open you up to new ideas and opportunities.”
Melanie (Mentee): “I have to thank my mentor a lot for the support and encouragement she has given me. She has taught me to try to face interviews with a positive attitude.”
DO I NEED TO BE A PVG SCHEME MEMBER?
After you apply to be a ProjectScotland mentor we’ll help you complete an application to become a Protecting Vulnerable Groups (PVG) scheme member. There’s no charge and we’ll send the application off for you.