Mentoring Support for Ex-Service Men and Women and their Families
TimeBanks’ Shoulder to Shoulder Erskine project is working in partnership with the charity Erskine, to offer one to one volunteer support for ex-service men and women living in the central belt who are recovering from mental health issues – and to help their families adjust to civilian life.
Volunteer mentors meet with veterans and families (mentees) twice per month over the course of 3 to 9 months, providing support, assistance and guidance through goal setting and action planning to help make positive life changes.
Benefits of Mentor Support
We know through previous experience that mentoring can aid the recovery of veterans and families including: talking, especially when feeling low; reduce isolation; enhance confidence and self-esteem; set goals for those struggling with crowds, noise and using public transport, help with going to appointments; with focus, structure and routine; enhancing social circles through taking up a new interest of hobby; or guide to key agencies who can offer advice when moving on to volunteering, training or employment. Mentors and mentees also meet at various times in the day, whenever suits both, so it’s very flexible.
Find out more
If you think you would benefit from a mentor, or would like to volunteer as a mentor for Shoulder to Shoulder Erskine then we are here to help. Find out more here www.timebank.org.uk/shoulder-to-shoulder-scotland.