Supporting Adult Volunteers (Mentoring)
Once an adult has started working in a Programme Section Team they should be assigned a Mentor. The Mentor for Programme Section Team members will normally be the Programme Section Team Lead; the Mentor for Programme Team Leads will normally be the Group Leader or a Deputy Group Leader. The Section Team Lead may nominate some other suitable person to mentor the adult, for instance if there is a trainer on the Programme Section Team, that person may well be a suitable Mentor. The Programme Section Team Lead should discuss the selection of Mentors with the Group Leader or with someone designated by the Group Leader such as a Deputy Group Leader or experienced Scouter or Trainer.
The Mentor will support the adult by:
- Providing them with support with their training
- Helping them to access other help and information they may need
- Helping them to play an effective role on the team
It is important that each Mentor adopts a suitable approach, one which is respectful, honest and supportive.
You may find the Supporting Adult Volunteers (Mentoring) Booklet useful to help explain the process.