What is mentoring and befriending?

Sometimes it can be difficult to make the changes in life that you want. You may want to make new friends, get out more, try new activities or get back to doing the things you used to enjoy. Mentors and befrienders can help you to do this. They can give you information, help you plan and can even go along with you.

Mentoring and befriending are very similar. Befriending helps more with social activities (making friends, getting out more) and mentoring helps more with practical changes (finding a volunteering placement, going back to college or work). You don’t need to know which one you would prefer. The volunteers are trained in both ways of working.

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Mentoring for 15 to 25 year olds

You are matched up with a volunteer mentor or befriender. They will get to know you and find out the things you are interested in. They will help you find out about new activities you could try. They may even be able to go along with you the first couple of times. All volunteers for this service are aged 15 to 25 themselves. They can meet you in public places in Manchester.

All the mentors and befrienders have completed a training course. They all have DBS checks – these used to be called CRB checks or Police record checks. They are supervised by a paid member of staff and all appointments are arranged through YASP (Manchester Mind).

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Peer Support Group ‘Get Help Give Help’

Manchester Mind delivers a peer support for people for all ages through our 'Give Help Get Help' group. This warm and friendly wellbeing peer support group has been set up by a group of volunteers with lived experience to support people who are stepped down from the Community Mental Health Team services or who have mental health difficulties and need support. The aims of our group: to feel more connected, to access friendly support from peer to peer, to find out about opportunities in the area and to buddy up to access activities and groups. There is the opportunity for people who receive support to become a peer support volunteer.

Our peer support volunteers run a social group that meets every Thursday at the Harpurhey Wellbeing Centre and additionally offer one to one mentoring support in North Manchester. A second peer support group will be starting on a Friday in January 2017.

All Peer Support Volunteers have completed training courses on peer support & mentoring, have been DBS checked and receive ongoing support and supervision from the Peer Support Development Worker.

To find out more how to access our peer support you can email on peersupport@manchestermind.org or phone on 07821 017 548

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I feel more positive now. It’s good to get out and try new things. Having a mentor definitely helped.
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