What is mentoring?

Mentoring is about developing the ‘person’ of the mentee.  It entails interaction, flexibility, response and sensibility on the part of the mentor.  It’s also a two-way process, with both the mentor and mentee learning alongside each other. 

Mentoring is not ‘done to’ the mentee.  Rather, it is ‘done with’ the mentee, because both people are actively engaged in the process of gaining understanding [about the situation] to improve it. (Adapted from Fletcher, 2000: Mentoring in Schools)

Unlike many other forms of support, Gloucestershire Mentoring Programme (GMP) mentoring is provided by trained volunteers – people that are giving up their time to support the young person, because they want to, and not because they’re being paid to do so. 

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