Banking on volunteer mentors

There has been no shortage of interest from volunteers to take part in Shoulder to Shoulder Erskine since the mentoring project started last June. The project matches veterans and families living in and around Glasgow and Edinburgh with a mentor who provides one to one support to help in their transition to civilian life. 

Mentors have been recruited through various methods, including volunteer websites, colleges and universities, partner agencies, news articles, Shoulder to Shoulder Erskine’s online application and word of mouth. We had a really good day recruiting at Volunteer Edinburgh’s Recruitment fair. Jody, one of our volunteer mentors (pictured above) helped out for the day and was fantastic in getting people interested in volunteering.

Volunteers go through a rigorous recruitment process including an induction. They provide two referees, join Disclosure Scotland's Protection of Vulnerable Groups (PVG) scheme and complete mentor training. 

Here’s what volunteers have said:

“I’m feeling very confident”

“I’m aware of the issues veterans face”

“I found the case studies and personal experiences of veterans most interesting”

“The videos linked theory to real life”

TimeBank now has a good bank of fully trained mentors ready to be matched with a veteran or family member. Mentors come from a variety of backgrounds. Their ages range from 20 to 60 and they are male, female, ex-military, families of veterans and from civilian life.

If you are a veteran or family member and find it difficult to move on, mentors can:

  • Talk with you on the phone
  • Meet with you for a chat
  • Be there to listen
  • Give you one to one support, assistance or guidance
  • Help you focus on setting goals in the aim to move on

If you are an ex-serviceman, woman or family living in or around Glasgow or Edinburgh and would like the support of a mentor, or would like to find out more, we are here to help.

You can read more about the project here, call me on:0141 814 4510 or 07437 437 867 or email:ali@timebank.org.uk