Mentoring is to support and encourage people to manage their own learning in order to achieve their potential, develop their skills, improve their performance and become the person they want to be. It is an ongoing partnership with the mentor passing on knowledge, experience and advice and helping the ‘mentee’ develop confidence and self-belief.
Increasingly, Rotary Clubs are looking at local projects to reach out and suppurt disadvantaged groups, vulnerable or hard to reach individuals who may not be receiving professional support elsewhere. Often in these cases trust and respect are not as easily gained. Prgress may require the use of sound communication and mentoring skills to inspire the confidence to make small steps to achievement. The Rotary Club of Melton Aurora identified a healthy eating project with disadvantaged families, and more recently has become aware of issues with young males who find it difficult to share their feelings of depression.
Other initiatives include mentoring young people who are in danger of dropping out of education or not achiveing their potential.
While Rotarians should not try to intervene where professional support is required, much can be done by ordinary Rotarians alongside professionals or in unsupported areas. We are looking to identify those amongst us who have qualifications or experience in mentoring in order to ascertain whether we might be able to set up a training program in Rotary District 1070.
Contact: John Clayton (Rotary Club of Melton Aurora)