New Mentoring Programme for ex-Mil - SHOULDER TO SHOULDER


Apologies if this has already been posted, but I would like to make you all aware of a new mentoring programme that has started up in London and will be in Birmingham soon. It's called "Shoulder to Shoulder" and is being run by TImebank (a charitable organisation with considerable experience of running mentoring programmes) and Combat Stress. Its intent is to pair up ex-forces personnel with fellow ex-forces personnel who have been referred through Combat Stress and who would like to be paired up with a 'mentor'. Allow me to quote directly from the offical spiel:

"Volunteer mentors are either ex-Service men and women who have made a successful transition to civilian life or someone who has a deep understanding of the issues through direct family connections.

As a mentor you will offer practical support and friendship to your mentee. You’ll help them to adjust to civilian life and integrate into society as well as empower them to make positive changes in their life.

All mentees will be recovering from mental health problems and have been through clinical treatment, so you’re not expected to be there as a professional to advise or counsel them. Both yours (the mentor) and the mentee’s applications will go through a Consultation Group to make sure that everyone is sure Shoulder to Shoulder is right for them."

Training will be provided, CRB checks run and the mentor and mentee are paired by mutual agreement - if it does not feel right, the programme will seek to pair both up again. (Please note that the mentor is not there in any clinical capacity and is not expected to be: Combat Stress and Timebank can provide any specialist advice requested).

As it stands, Shoulder to Shoulder needs more mentors. The demand is high and the scheme is growing rapidly. So, for those of you ex-forces (or immediate family of) who can give up five hours a month and act as a guide rail for fellow ex-services people, please have a look at the website and see what you think.

How does it work? | TimeBank

I'm very happy to answer any questions I can from my perspective on this forum(but please bear in mind there is a certain amount of confidentiality involved in the scheme).

The scheme is run by a very experienced civvy mentor, an ex RN and an ex Infanteer. All of them are extremely keen to tap into the considerable amount of ex-forces currently in and around London, Birmingham and hopefully further afield. This programme only started fairly recently and has attracted considerable attention and requests for help.

Please take the time to have a look at the website and see if it is something you would like to be involved in, either as a mentor OR a mentee. This thread is very much about making as many people aware of the programme.

Happy to answer any questions I can or to refer those interested parties to the co-ordinators.


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