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Mentoring Minds FAQs

Our Mentoring Minds service is for young people aged 11-17 years and was created in response to Covid-19, and the rising need to reach out to young people in their homes.

The service is designed for young people who would like neutral and confidential support for mild to moderate mental health needs.  Through this service we provide weekly ‘check-ins’ over zoom or over the phone with a trained volunteer.

The idea of this service is not for the volunteers to give the young people advice or counselling, but to be a person external to the situations they are experiencing who can provide them with emotional support and help find and reach their own goals and solutions.

Each participant will be offered a session of up to 60 minutes once a week for up to 3 months.

The service is designed for young people aged 11-17 years old who would like neutral and confidential support for mild to moderate mental health needs.

You will be asked to complete a registration form that includes a short questionnaire. Please complete this and return to us so that we can get a better idea of whether the check-in service would be of benefit to you, or an alternative service.

Once you have completed an application form, you (or your parent/carer) will be contacted by our coordinator within 6 weeks, who will book in an informal assessment to get to know you better and talk you through how the service works.

Once you are happy with the arrangements, you will have an introductory call/Zoom meeting with your Mentoring Minds volunteer which will allow you to get a better feel of the service and talk through any worries or issues you may have.

Your Mentoring Minds volunteer will ask you to score how your feel from 1-5 at the start and end of each session. This helps us keep track of how you’re getting on, and it also allows us to monitor the effect the service is having so we can make any adjustments/adaptions should we need to.

All your data is protected according to Dorset Mind’s GDPR policy and will not be shared with any 3rd party.

Parents can find additional support for young people here.

Volunteer with us

Without our volunteers we simply couldn’t do what we do. Our volunteers are the backbone of our charity. Dorset Mind volunteers help us deliver our mental health support services across our vast county in a variety of roles across the charity. We offer voluntary positions that suit the times you’re able to commit – and your level of experience.

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