Become a mentor

Following the Ski Week, all SWV veterans are offered individual mentoring support. 

Each veteran is paired with either a business or personal mentor who helps identify goals and develop personal and professional skills for the mentee. The mentor, who has taken part in SWV’s mentor training scheme, may offer help with retraining, career change, setting up a business, or returning to employment.

Alternatively, the mentor’s help might centre on housing or lifestyle issues, or maybe simply getting a medication review. At each step, the mentor’s objective is to work towards a secure and fulfilling future for the veteran.

What qualifications or skills do I need? 

  • Our one-year mentoring volunteer contract is open to individuals who:

  • Are enthusiastic about being a mentor

  • Feel able to help people move onto a new phase in their lives

  • Are willing and able to fulfil the required time and energy commitment

  • Bring diverse experience - all business sectors welcome 


Mentors should have the following skills and abilities: 

  • Experience of helping others through a period of change

  • Active listening skills

  • Non-judgemental

  • Confidentiality and discretion

  • Assertive

  • Problem-solving skills

  • Empathy

  • Objectivity

  • Self-aware and reflective

How long is an average mentorship?

The contract with each mentee is for one year. This consists of 4-6 face-to-face meetings at agreed times throughout the year, with a monthly (12) video or telephone call.

Some contracts are shorter or longer depending on the needs of the mentee. 

What training and support is available to mentors?

There is an initial training programme and when that is completed and you have been paired with a mentee, you will be supervised by the Head of Mentoring. There are regular mentor meetings (on Zoom) throughout the year. 

Will I be paid?

It is a voluntary role with no payment, although expenses are available for reasonable travel to meet with your mentee. 

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