I recently took on a more personal project after finding out about the work of non-for-profit Yorkshire Mentoring. Mentoring and coaching small businesses and start-ups has been part of my work as a digital marketer since I’ve been a freelancer. I was interested in doing some voluntary work to build up my experience but also to be involved in something more impactful and worthwhile.
Yorkshire Mentoring run a number of projects, one of which is ‘Youth in Mind’ a project run across the Bradford district matching mentors with young people with mental health issues.
After some initial training and meeting some fellow mentors, I was paired quite quickly with my young person. We had regular meetings (once a week or fortnight) for six months.
The pairing was a good one… a great one in fact and luckily we hit it off straight away. The sessions involved chatting, planning, brainstorming and discussing coping strategies. We had some serious conversations but we also took trips out and had a lot of fun.
For the young person, the benefit was confidence building, someone different to speak to and hopefully receiving new or alternative inputs and ideas. For me the benefit was huge… I genuinely enjoyed the experience and learned to slow things down, listen more and how to plan sessions for this kind of mentoring.
To find out more about the work Yorkshire mentoring do visit their website www.yorkshirementoring.org.uk