Becoming a Mentor
What does it mean to be 'salt and light'?
Salt enhances flavour and preserves. We aim to influence our community and the world for good.
Light, especially in a dark place, brings comfort and clarity. We believe that our 'light' should be evident, not by proselytising and judging others, but by providing comfort to our neighbours, especially when they are experiencing distress.
COACH Mentors are selected based on their ability to take on four distinct roles with participants:
Friend with purpose – the most important part!
Role model – helping through personal example.
Advocate – being prepared to stick up for their mentee.
Guide – points the way in a non-directive manner, asking good questions; being a good listener.
We do not expect our mentors to be mental health practitioners or ‘professional’ support workers.
However, we do have the following expectations for our Mentors:
You must be a good communicator, with the ability to handle challenging conversations.
You must adhere to the boundaries of the role. We supply lots of training, resources, and the support of a professional coordinator to support you in doing this.
You must commit to engaging with people from diverse backgrounds without judgement concerning their sexual orientation, gender identity, race or faith.
You must commit to the safety of children and vulnerable adults (again, we train you in this).
Please reach out if you would like to chat about mentoring with us.
This enquiry does not bind you in any way.
Selection as COACH Mentor is not a guarantee of placement.
We have a very careful and rigorous matching process focused on our participants and the life goals they identify at intake.