Guest post from Sue who is a mentor at Scope’s Our Generation project.
I became involved with the Our Generation Project after being with the mentoring scheme through Scope for about three years. After I lost my husband I needed to fill my time. Initially it was to help me stop thinking about my loss but I also realised that I could use my experiences to help others.
I would soon meet my first mentee. We went shopping one week and on alternate weeks we met at the office to improve his reading and writing skills. Eventually, he decided to go on to college which was very pleasing to me. I felt I had helped a little on his path to improving his life.
Then I met two people who had suffered breakdowns and who were not coping so well. One became a close friend; we still meet every week to chat and shop. The other liked to walk, so we would walk around the local lake.
My latest mentee has been house-bound after suffering a stroke. We enjoy a chat every other week. We are now looking into what we can do to help him get out and about.
We talk a lot, something I have always been good at, and I hope I give him something to look forward to when we meet. He usually seems more cheerful when I leave. That may be because he is glad of a break from my talking, but I hope not!
I have really enjoyed meeting new people through the Our Generation Project. It’s been really rewarding for me knowing that, in a small way, I can support people to feel more confident in achieving their goals and improving their lives.
Our Generation is a free mentoring and befriending service that offers one-to-one support for disabled people and people with long-term health conditions over the age of 50.