Mentoring is an excellent way of getting support from another person who is also Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and/or Other (LGBT+) just like yourself and with whom you can have an open and honest conversation about anything that may be on you mind or bothering you. Some young people take this opportunity to discuss relationships, family issues, others identifies or anything else important, like coming out.
Mentors are not counsellors, therapists or teachers - We are here to be a kind, friendly and helpful professional you can trust. All discussed matters are strictly confidential and we won't share anything you have said unless we are really worried that either you or others are at risk of harm, then we may have to talk to someone, however, we would always involve you in that process.
Mentors can also help you navigate career and help you make decisions in life as we are impartial and will always look for a solution that’s best for you.
If you would like to speak to a mentor, we don’t need permission from your parent or guardian. We offer two types of mentoring, you can either come to our building, or we can begin by coming to you, either to school or to the community, wherever you feel comfortable and safe. Just make sure that if you would like to meet a mentor in a public space like a coffee shop, you will be able to talk freely about things you want to talk about.
So, how mentoring is different from counselling? Sometimes it’s difficult to distinguish, but in essences, counsellors are trained professionals who specialise in talking therapies and majority of the cases, they focus on past events and make sure that they reduce the impact of the past on your present state of mind and your future. Mentoring is about current affairs, issues and struggles that sometimes we need a friendly, kind and knowledgeable person to talk things through with.
So, if you are interest in talking to a mentor, please contact us today and don't worry, it's free and you don't have to be a member of the youth club to take part.