This week National Mentoring Day was celebrated. There seems to be a day for almost anything these days; but I personally think this deserves its own day!
I believe everybody should act as a mentor for somebody and be mentored themselves.
I have a Spiritual Director, a business coach, a business mentor and a personal mentor – these are the people I trust implicitly, with whom I share on a deep level, and to whom I look for wisdom, counsel and discernment. They are a valuable part of my personal and professional development. I am massively grateful to them and also to those who have held these roles in my life in the past.
I particularly advocate mentoring young people. Many years ago I joined the team at Zac’s Youth charity and trained and led the youth workers there in learning to listen, support and guide young people. This service has gone from strength to strength over the years. Bolton Lads & Girls club have an exemplary mentoring service too, as do Bolton Young Person’s Housing Scheme. Research has been done which identifies that one of the most important resources in a young person’s life is the presence of a reliable adult, to whom they can talk, particularly as, sadly, in today’s society that is often missing at home.
So, if you are a mentor, I congratulate you. If not, why not? Consider contacting one of these worthy charities and offering your time.
And, if you realise that you need a boost then take a look at the services I offer. My work, through my consultancy, is completely focused on developing people to their full potential. If you want support to be the best version of you do get in touch