What is a Peer Mentor?
A Peer Mentor is another student who can serve as a resource, a helping hand, a sounding board and a referral service. The job of peer mentors is to provide support, encouragement, and information to students.
Peer support means different things to different people, in general it:
- Builds on a natural willingness of individuals to work together and help one another.
- Takes place between those who have similar ideas and concerns.
- Takes place in a formal setting to ensure security for all concerned.
- Has a structure that allows people to develop and use interpersonal skills within safe boundaries.
- Enables those taking part to gain and develop valuable life skills.
What role can a Peer Mentor play?
- Peer mentors are there to listen.
- Be a positive role model.
- They are there to support and direct, but not to solve all the pupils’ problems.
- They are there to be a guide but not to be a ‘know all’
- They can be a form of support, but not the only support.
- But above all they can make the pupil feel safe and secure in the knowledge that there is always someone else available to give the pupil something to consider.
The Rationale for Peer Mentors
Why do we need a peer support scheme?
‘It allows people to discuss and develop concerns they might have about issues or experiences they have encountered in or out of school’.
Peer mentoring guide
Mentor's Feedback -:
"I was recognised as a leader and it made me feel like a leader and a role model"
"I felt good, as I felt like I helped my mentee"
"Sense of responsibility, felt good that I was trying to help someone"Peer Mentors
"I felt proud of being a mentor"
"It helped me as well, boosting my confidence"
Mentee's Feedback -:
"Taught me to be more positive towards school"
"Helped with my behaviour"
"Would like the sessions to be longer than 6 weeks"