A lighthouse provides light, direction and hope to those lost at sea.
Many of the individuals we work with find themselves lost in a sea of difficulty, abuse and trauma.
Our lifeguards provide a lifesaving opportunity by reaching out a lifebelt of compassionate mentoring.
The stormy sea of life can feel overwhelming for many, but we aim to bring our mentees closer to the safety of the shore.
The Lighthouse Project aims to provide light, direction and hope into the lives of the individuals we mentor over a period of three to six months.
This non-judgemental, professional relationship increases mentees’ confidence, reduces social isolation, improves mental and physical health and provides access to practical help.
outcomes & successes
Since 2018, The Lighthouse Project has delivered over 850 hours of mentoring.
All mentees have reported either an improvement in their health and wellbeing or an increase in their self-esteem.
Since 2020, 80% of mentees have increased their confidence after taking part in The Lighthouse Project.
how it works
RECRUIT mATCH mENTOR
We begin by checking and training volunteers who are suitable for the role.
Once they are ready to start their mentoring, we assess referrals to the service that may need mentoring.
They too may receive some support to prepare them for mentoring as it can be just as daunting for our mentees.
Based on the preferences, interests and needs of both the mentor and mentee, we make a suitable match.
If it is a face-to-face relationship, the first ‘match’ meeting is made at a neutral and safe place where the Mentoring Coordinator is also present.
At this meeting we discuss the ‘mentoring agreement’ which outlines boundaries, expectations and timelines.
If it is a telephone relationship, the mentor makes a ‘test’ call to the mentee to discuss the ‘mentoring agreement’.
Once the agreement is made, the face-to-face mentors begin meeting their mentees in a public safe space every week to work towards achieving their goals set.
Whilst the telephone mentors begin their weekly phone calls instead.
Both mediums work well and have created life-changing outcomes.
“Mentoring has had an overwhelmingly positive impact on my own life; it's such a rewarding scheme to be involved with. It gives me an immense feeling of achievement to see my mentee achieve a personal goal, knowing my input has assisted them in getting there.”
becoming a mentor
We view mentoring as a professional relationship, and relationships are at the heart of creating a Psychologically Informed Environment (PIE).
To become a mentor you must be willing to commit to building the relationship with your mentee for the full period of three to six months and also do the following:
Complete an application form
Be subject to a DBS check
Provide two written references
Attend at least five hours of training
Attend a monthly Reflective Space with other experienced mentors
If you are interested in this role, please fill in a Volunteer Application.