National Mentoring Month - How you can get involved
Friday, January 29th, 2021 | Uncategorized
January marks National Mentoring Month, which is an annual campaign that aims to promote the benefits of mentorship. Mentoring is an everyday part of life, whether you’re learning from a superior in the workplace, or passing your knowledge and expertise on to your children. All of us are mentors in some way, but by joining a mentorship programme, you can help support someone who may not have a mentor figure in their lives.
With a national network of healthcare providers working with nurses, HCAs and carers, there’s plenty of suitable candidates for people who could mentor others within the healthcare field. Using your time, knowledge and experience, you could help others grow and excel in healthcare. When we work together in such a way, we improve the quality of care for everyone.
There are numerous mentorship organisations across the United Kingdom, although not all will apply to healthcare. The best thing you can do is research which one best applies to you. Mentorship is time-consuming and requires a lot of dedication, so finding the right platform will help ensure your long-term success and happiness.
The National Health Service has mentorship programmes across the UK, all based within local trusts. If you work for the NHS, and would like to get involved in mentoring by contacting your local leadership academies - more information here.
There are two national programmes within the NHS, the ‘Return to Work’ programme which aims to make the transition back to work easier, and the ‘Ethical Mentoring’ programme which sees qualified individuals help others deal with ethical dilemmas. You can also find out more about both programmes by clicking the link above.
Mentorships don’t always have to be provided by an organisation, there’s plenty of opportunity in and around the workplace. If there’s a particular member of staff you feel could stand to learn from you, then why not approach them? Our team at Kare Plus Head Office have had informal mentorship programmes set up in the past where a junior member of staff could learn from, and talk to a more senior member of staff outside of their team.
Carers Support Centre
The Carers Support Centre offers a mentorship programme to those who care for relatives and friends. Pairing unpaid carers with healthcare professionals, the programme provides a vital service of support and guidance for those who might suddenly find themselves in the position of being a primary carer. The mentorship programme can last up to a year and provides a much needed helpline to those who may be new to care. If you would like to find out more, please click the link below.
Find the organisation that works for you
Mentorship programs don't always have to be work related. If you would like to help make a difference to someone’s life by providing mentorship and guidance, look into which programmes are available in your local area. A great starting place would be onemillionmentors which has programmes across the UK. One Million Mentors simply asks volunteers for an hour of their time per month to help positively change the lives of others.
Mentorships really have the power to change lives, which is why it’s so important that people get involved. Whether it’s an hour a month, or maybe an hour a week, a small investment of your time can have the power to impart skills, knowledge and motivation that can completely change lives.
“The delicate balance of mentoring someone is not creating them in your own image, but giving them the opportunity to create themselves.” - Steven Spielberg