Lighthouse in a Storm

THE LIGHTHOUSE

PROJECT

The Lighthouse Project provides a beacon of hope for individuals who feel lost and alone in a stormy sea of difficult experiences.

 

Our mentors act as Lighthouses, lighting the way when it is hard to see clearly. They provide a reassuring and reliable presence for individuals who need a little guidance.

 

When asked ‘In what way has The Lighthouse Project helped you?’ one mentee said:

 

“Without mentoring support, I couldn't have done any of the positive things I have done. You were so accessible. I knew you were right there if I needed you.”

aims

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.

make a referral

Do you know someone that could benefit from this service?

Please, complete our Mentee Referral if you would like to make a quick and easy referral for yourself or someone that you know.

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outcomes & successes

1000

Since 2018 The Lighthouse project has delivered over 1000 hours of mentoring

All mentees have reported either an improvement in their health and wellbeing or an increase in their self-esteem.

100%

In 2021 100% of mentees said they felt less lonely as a result of mentoring

how it works

RECRUIT   mATCH   mENTOR

Recruit

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.

Match

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’.

Mentor

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 set goals.

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.

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“It was good to have at least one person I could talk to in my contact. I probably could have contacted her more but when I did use it, it was a massive help. It's hard for me to reach out to people so if I was struggling I wouldn't.”

who are our

mentors & mentees?

Learn more about who are Mentors and Mentees are.