Update Summer 2019:
We have been busy talking to lots of people about the mentoring project, including AAC users, parents, carers and colleagues within speech and language and other organisations and services – it’s been an exciting time as we are well on the way with planning more developments in the North West, South East and South West over the next couple of years.
Some of the activities we have started include the first group for Level 1 in Mentoring in Manchester. We are half-way through the delivery of this course and it has been really good so far. Lots of engagement and participation, learning and sharing. We are hoping to start another Level 1 course soon.
We have also been working with colleagues in local school and colleges to look at opportunities for Entry Level units from Personal and Social Development which will compliment the skills and understanding for preparing to mentor.
Earlier this summer, we had our first continuous development session for AAC users who have completed a mentoring qualification or who are about to start one. The session, Introduction to Counselling Skills, was delivered by Helen Crane. Another session, Awareness of Mental Health, is planned for October.
We are really impressed by the level of interest in this project and the opportunities offered for AAC users.
We have been able to adapt our original plans as we have listened to what others have said is needed, for example, offering the Level 1 in Mentoring rather than the Level 2 and including units from Personal & Social Development which can be delivered by other services.
More updates to follow later in the year and if you would like any information about the Mentoring Project, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
We look forward to hearing from you!