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A question of confidence

A guest blog from a volunteer at Scope’s Our Generation project. 

After two bouts of illness earlier in the year, I found I had lost my confidence and was struggling with anxiety and depression. The Health and Wellbeing visitor called and referred me to Our Generation Mentoring and Befriending Service. I hadn’t heard of the service and to be honest, I didn’t know what mentoring was. The Scope Co-ordinator called and explained everything. They matched me with my Mentor and we met at the office, which felt safe for our first meeting.

The meeting went very well and my Mentor really made me feel at ease. One of the things which we discussed was that I should like help to become more computer literate as my daughter is living overseas and it would help us to keep in touch. I made such good progress I surprised myself and have even bought an i-pad! My confidence in using it increases with each meeting. I have found that this increased confidence has permeated other areas of my life and I am now able to meet my Mentor in town.

Every two years I visit my daughter. I am due to go next year but the anxiety and depression I have experienced has made the lone journey seem incredibly daunting. However, since working with the Our Generation Mentor I can feel my confidence returning and I’m beginning to really look forward to this years visit.

I recently attended the Our Generation Xmas party which I thoroughly enjoyed. Just a few weeks ago I wouldn’t have believed that I could have the confidence to go along on my own.

The Co-ordinator has suggested I attend the Mentoring Skills Training Course at the office as my next challenge and I surprised myself by saying that I’ll think about it!

New mentors

Here at Our Generation we have just completed our fourth Mentoring and Befriending training course! So we now have five new mentors who are raring to go.

Mentors feedback from the course has been really positive. Here is how one new mentor described their experience.

“A fabulous course – interesting, informative, supportive, the course tutor is very approachable and makes things easy to understand”

Of course, it’s not all praise as we encourage feedback that will allow us to make improvements to our practice. Two of our latest mentors expressed that they felt the course would have benefited from more video case studies and so we are now planning to expand this area in our next training course.

The new mentors have also expressed that they are keen to meet with the experienced mentors who already volunteer for the project. So we have invited them to our next steering group meeting where they will have the opportunity to meet existing mentors and begin to participate in the management of the project.

I will leave you with a quote from one of our new mentors:

“Woohoo! I actually finished my Our Generation training today. This is a huge achievement for me. I was informed about this project through my job centre advisor, who knew what I wanted to do with my life.

This came at a time when I was feeling very low and despondent. Since then I have met some great people, done some brilliant training and am looking forward to making a positive difference to peoples lives when I start mentoring and befriending.”

Find out more about the Our Generation project, and read our previous blogs.