Mentoring is an excellent way of getting support from older LGBT+ persons with similar lived experience to you and with whom you can have an open and honest dialogue about whatever you may be experiencing. Some young persons take this opportunity to discuss relationships, family issues, others identities or anything else which they feel is significant to them, such as coming out to friends and family.
Mentors are not counsellors, therapists nor teachers. We are here to be a kind, friendly and helpful professional you can trust. All matters discussed are strictly confidential and will not be shared with anyone else unless we are concerned about the risk of harm to you or others. In this instance we may seek additional professional advice or guidance on your behalf. You will be consulted and involved in all matters should this be the case.
Mentors may also be able to help you navigate your career and support you in making significant life decisions. As always, we are impartial and will always guide you to the solution that’s best for you.
You are not required to seek permission from a parent or guardian to receive mentoring support. We are able to offer you mentoring either at centre, or in a location of your choosing where you feel safe and comfortable.
Please remember that mentoring is not counselling. We will never tell you what you should do but will offer solutions to the issues you are facing as well allow you to talk through your current circumstances. Our mentors may guide you in achieving your goals whatever they may be. Mentoring focuses on your personal and professional development.
Counsellors are trained professionals who specialise in talking therapies and in the majority of cases will focus on past events to reduce the impact of your past experiences on your present state of mind.
If you think that speaking with a mentor interests you, please get in contact with us today The service is free and you don't have to be receiving other services from us to speak to a mentor.