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28th May 2015

To coincide with Volunteers Week, Adviza held an event on Thursday 10th May for some of its growing ranks of volunteers. The event brought together mentors working on Adviza's Lucky Break and Energise projects to get to know each other and share experiences and practice.

The group included those who have mentored for Adviza for a number of years (including one now paid member of staff), newly trained and matched mentors, and new recruits.

The event started with a speed-dating format where mentors had three minutes to talk to each other about their motivation for mentoring, what they do outside of mentoring and who their mentors have been. A group discussion about the highlights and challenges of mentoring followed, with the more experienced mentors sharing their insights and giving some advice to the trainees. The final activity was a chance to look at resources and discuss how they might use them in their mentoring.

Feedback from the event showed that attendees found it very useful and welcomed the opportunity to meet other mentors and share experiences. One of the mentors commented:

“Just wanted to say thank you and how wonderful and informative the mentors get together you presided over this afternoon. It was very useful meeting with established mentors as well as sharing experiences with old and new. Speed dating format was a new experience for me and it worked!!  The resources that you provided for us to peruse was extremely useful and added extra dimensions to information gathering towards helping the people that we are supporting /mentoring.”

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