Website Women and Mentoring
WAM empowers women through early intervention mentoring
We are looking for women or non-binary folk who are committed to 12 months or more. Must attend information session and be available for training over two full days. WAM mentors are good listeners who trust that women are the experts of their own experiences. Mentors believe in a community that is safe and welcoming for all women. WAM mentors are carefully selected, screened, and trained before working in the program. Each mentor is required to participate in regular supervision with program staff and other WAM mentors.
Key functions of the mentoring role are:
Building rapport: Mentors focus on listening carefully and attentively to their participant and to focus on hearing the strengths; feeding back about how utilising her strengths she may be able to manage issues and difficulties herself (rather than fixing them for her).
Practical Assistance: Mentors could write court support letters, assist participants to search out and access resources, send appointment reminders, and other tasks as required by the participant. Often this involves working with professional services such as court, police, and the social service sector.
Boundaries: The mentor is a voluntary representative of WAM and behaves professionally at all times. However, as the role is voluntary, the mentor is also required to consider when activities that are beyond the scope of their role and access assistance and referrals with informed consent from the participant.
Social connectedness: Mentors work with participants on connecting with the community around them. Mentors are knowledgeable about opportunities for positive connections in volunteering, employment, social, activity groups.
Mentors are expected to meet face-to-face or online with the participant regularly, ideally a couple of hours per week contact. Mentors are also requested to attend group supervision meetings, held in person or online. Currently the mentor group meets monthly on a Tuesday evening 5-6.30pm
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