GUIDE TO THE ROLE OF A MENTOR
Who can be a mentor?
Any leader with a residential qualification, either the old or current scheme, who has recent experience of running residential events and up to knowledge of Going Away With Scheme and current guiding practices. A Mentor does not need to be the fount of all knowledge - just a friendly face and a good listener who will offer support and guidance to help another member achieve their qualification
Do I need training to be a mentor?
There is no formal training requirement, although there is a really helpful e-learning module on the Girlguiding website which should take no more than an hour to complete. You even get a certificate at the end! http://www.girlguiding.org.uk/elearning/mentor/mentormodule.html
There are also County support meetings to make sure you find out about any changes and to share your experience with other mentors.
A Leader from my unit has asked me to be her mentor for the Going Away Scheme. Is that all right?
No. Mentors should not be someone in the mentee’s unit, nor should they be related.
What do I need to do to become a mentor?
Get in touch with the County Residential Advisers at firstname.lastname@example.org
Do I have to hold the qualification the mentee is undertaking?
Yes. If there is no-one local to a mentee holding the qualification they are undertaking the Residential Advisers will talk to the local mentors to find someone with suitable experience and the County Advisers will then offer additional support.
My Division already has a mentor. Why do you need more?
Having a variety of mentors means we have a bigger pool of expertise to draw upon. It also means the same person isn’t mentoring everyone, which can be a problem if the only mentor in a division is in the same unit as the leader doing the qualification. And the more mentors there are the fewer each has to do.
What will I be expected to do?
When someone approaches the County Residential Advisers to ask for a mentor you will be contacted to ask if you are available /willing to mentor that particular person for their event. The Residential Advisers will put the two of you in touch.
The mentor then needs to arrange to meet up with the mentee for an initial discussion to make sure she understands what she has to do, help her put together an action plan, and that she is on the right path.
You should then meet up a number of times to discuss progress and sign off sections in the Leader’s book.
Mentors may take part in the assessment at the event, although this is not essential (see below).
You should ensure supporting evidence is present but encourage the Leader not to include too much.
How often should a mentor and mentee meet?
That will be for the mentor to decide in discussion with the mentee. Some Leader working on the qualification may have had considerable previous experience of residentials so would not need so much guidance. Others will be new to running residential events and will need more support
Does the mentor also carry out the assessment at the event?
No, although they may be involved. The County Residential Advisers will find a leader to carry out the assessment at the event, if the mentor is able to join the assessment they should let the Residential Advisers know.
Does the mentor need to sign off everything in the book?
No. Some parts can be signed off by other members of the event team, parents or even the girls themselves. There are some sections however that can only be signed off by the mentor. The mentor needs to make sure they have signed off the Completion of Modules section of the book (P46-48).
Once the event has finished, what then?
It is important that the mentor ensures the mentee completes the book. There are some sections that can only be signed off after the event. A Leader is not qualified until the book is completed and sent to the appropriate County Residential Adviser with evidence to be verified.
Is the mentor responsible for ensuring the person’s qualification is put on GO?
No. The County Residential Advisers will make sure that GO is updated.