Mentoring Support for People with Disabilities
What is mentoring support for people with disabilities?
Mentoring support is the process in which a professionally trained mentor, who specialises in disability, provides professional guidance, advice and personal support to people with disabilities. It is a very effective empowerment tool that is becoming ever more popular, as it’s success is being recognised.
The experiences and wisdom that Centre for Resolution’s mentors bring can often open doors that are normally closed.
When people with disabilities engage in a mentoring programme teachers, employers, parents and carers learn about their capabilities, in spite of any disabilities they may have.
All of our mentors have disabilities and so they understand from their own experiences of disability, combined with their expertise that having a mentor has many benefits.
How does mentoring for people with disabilities work?
A quality mentoring relationship is key to maximising potential and having greater success not just presently but also in their future. The relationship between a mentor and a mentee is one based on mutual trust and respect.
Research shows that people with disabilities who engage in a mentoring programme are more likely to feel supported and secure their desired career.
Mentoring support can boost your confidence, motivation and drive to succeed. It can also be a chance to explore your issues, opportunities and what you want in life, creating deeper self-awareness. Some people use a mentor to off load, de-stress and re-focus whilst others wish to create coping strategies, get advice and find motivation.
Everybody’s journey is different which is why our mentors are flexible in their approach. Our mentors are non-judgmental, giving you the freedom and opportunity to speak openly and express your thoughts / feelings in a confidential environment. Our mentors can also be used as critical friends in times of seeking advice and decision-making.
Centre for Resolution’s mentoring programme is person centered and tailor made to suit each individual we work with. Sessions are flexible and can be held via skype, telephone or email.
Who do we work with?
Centre for Resolution provides mentoring support for individuals who have a disability or learning difficulty, their families, carers and employers.
The people we support may have one or more of the following disabilities / impairments:
- Mobility and Physical
- Trauma / Brain Injury
- Sensory (Vision and Hearing)
- Cognitive / Learning
- Autistic Spectrum Disorders
- Chronic Medical Conditions
- Down Syndrome
Benefits of having a mentor
- Rapport with someone who is non-judgmental and empathetic
- Emotional Support
- More positive relationships with friends, family and colleagues
- Engagement in the wider community
- Exposure to diverse perspectives and experience
- Gaining and sustaining employment
- Employers benefit from a more motivated workforce
- Effective Communication
- Access to a support system
- Time management
- Improved performance
- Meeting deadlines
- Creating strategies
- A clearer understanding of career plans
- Employees report greater satisfaction in their work
Ultimately mentoring, at it’s core, guarantees people with disabilities that there is someone who cares about them, assures them they are not alone in dealing with day-to-day challenges, and makes them feel like they matter.
Questions people ask
‘’What is the difference between mentoring and counselling?’’
Unlike counselling, mentoring can be on a long-term basis. Counselling predominantly focuses on issues from the past whilst mentoring focuses on current challenges and future aspirations.
‘’ What qualifications do mentors have?’’
In order to practice as a mentor you don’t need a qualification. Some people feel that by having expertise in a particular area gives them enough knowledge to allow them to mentor. For mentoring to be effective and ethical much more is needed than just having area knowledge. There are many qualifications or certificates all the way from level 1 right the way through to masters level. All of our mentors are trained to level 5 (in Mentoring and Coaching) and above with the Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM).
‘’ Who regulates mentoring?’’
Currently in the UK to practice mentoring and coaching you do not legally have to have trained in any particular way. However, there are a few organisations that regulate mentors and coaches in regards to ethics and best practice. A couple of examples of those are European Mentoring Coaching Council (EMCC), Association for Coaching and the International Coach Federation.
Feedback from people using this service
”I liked that we could talk over the phone rather than meeting up as that worked best for me. Having mentoring support has made me look at other opportunities that I wouldn’t have before.” – Duncan B.
”I think that the mentoring for me has been challenging, and a challenging relationship as it should be. The way Centre for Resolution has provided mentoring in a calm and professional manor. My mentor didn’t make me feel humiliated when they helped me to realise an improvement.” – Trahern C.
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