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.
Answering your questions
What qualifications or skills do I need?
Our one-year mentoring contract on the SWV Mentoring programme is open to individuals who:
Are enthusiastic about being a mentor
Feel able to help people move on to a new phase in their lives
Are willing and able to fulfill the required time and energy commitments.
Business mentors can be from diverse and all business sectors
Mentors should have the following skills and abilities:
Experience of supporting others through periods of personal change
Active listening skills
Ability to be non-judgemental
Ability to work within confidentiality
Problem solving skills
Ability to show empathy
Ability to be objective
Are self-aware and reflective
Will I get paid?
All our mentors are volunteers.
You will be offered travel expenses when you have to meet your mentee face to face, so that you are not out of pocket.
You will be offered the SWV Mentoring training programme at no cost.
How long is an average mentorship?
The contract with each veteran (mentee) is for one year.
This equates to 4-6 face to face meetings at agreed times between the mentor/mentee
and 12 calls/skype calls.
If you are both happy to continue after that for a fixed term, then you can.
If the mentee has acheived his/her aims eg found employment, entered into education or changed their lifestyle to such an extent and no longer needs mentor support then the contract is complete.
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 Mentoring programme lead who is there to ensure the aims of the programme are being met, by both mentor and mentee.