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Common questions answered for you.

We know it can be daunting to take steps to make changes, but please know that we are here to help. Here are just a few of the questions we get asked, but if you have more then please get in touch.

  • What qualifications/ skills do I need?
    Our one year mentoring contract on the SWV Mentoring Scheme 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 Assertion skills Problem solving skills Ability to show empathy Ability to be objective Are self-aware and reflective
  • Will I get paid?
    All of 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 will I Mentor for?
    The contract with each Veteran (mentee) is for one year, after which a review of progress is carried out. Mentors and their Veterans meet a minimum of 4 times a year, with weekly mentoring sessions being carried out using online platforms. If the mentee has achieved their aims, i.e found employment, entered into education or made positive changes to their lifestyle to such an extent that they no longer need Mentor support, then the contract can be terminated.
  • What training and support do I get if I become a Mentor?
    There is an initial training programme, and when that is completed and you have been given a mentee, you will be supervised by a Mentoring Scheme Coordinator who is there to ensure the aims of the programme are being met, by both Mentor and Mentee
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