For those of you considering setting up a mentor training course, consider the following points:
- If you are the only person in your organisation interested in mentoring then training on your own is difficult even with these resources.
- It is much more worthwhile to train with others, so try to bring a group of interested people together.
- Ask your local LSC if they could put you in contact with other people who may be interested.
- Mentors should be trained as a group. It is important that they recognise that they have similar wants and needs and that they are an important resource for one another. They will, over time, form a self-help group and should be brought together during the year to share experiences, exchange ideas, share issues and solutions to problems. In a large organisation they will also form an excellent cross-organisation group.
- Small organisations should consider sharing the training programme to develop a local mentor network and a cross-sector development group. In their turn, large organisations could open up their training sessions to small organisations and help in the sharing of expertise and understanding of one another.
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