The following is a brief outline of Bridge's Mentoring Service. If you wish to know more then please feel free to contact us.
Bridge is a peer support project which links volunteers with a history of alcohol and/or Class A drug misuse with clients with serious substance misuse problems. It is believed that volunteers with such a background can complement the work already undertaken by other agencies. Click here to download a copy of our Mentoring Service Aims and Objectives.
What is Mentoring?
Mentoring involves one person helping, supporting and encouraging another person to make progress or changes in their lives. It is not as formal as counselling but is more structured than befriending.
Bridge Programme Mentors
The mentors are volunteers who are prepared to give their own time to help others improve their lives. They will have either some history of addiction to a substance or some knowledge of the issues surrounding such an addiction and so will be able to identify with the problems facing clients who have decided to address their alcohol or drug problems. Our service users are made up of people from diverse backgrounds and so it is essential that we also seek mentors from diverse backgrounds (Bridge adheres strictly to its Equal Oppotunities & Diversity Policy.) They are not counsellors or drug workers. Their role is limited to a few hours a week of help and support.
How does it work?
Our first job is to learn something about you and identify your needs and preferences. Once this has been achieved we will match you with a suitable mentor. At the first meeting you will get to know each other and decide what you want to get out of the scheme. It may be that you just want someone to talk to, or that there are specific things you want help with. It's up to you.
What do we expect from you?
You will be a client aiming to control, reduce or give up your drug use. You will be able to work with services properly and be open to support, encouragement and assistance. You will be open and honest with your mentor as well as punctual and reliable.
We have a clear policy on confidentiality that is observed by staff, volunteers and clients.
Confidentiality will only be breached in such cases where:
- There is a risk of harm to a child.
- There is a risk of harm to others.
- There is a risk of suicide.
- The mentor becomes aware that the mentee is involved with criminal activity.
If you think that you could benefit from having a mentor then please ask to be referred to the project. If you are not presently involved with any other agencies then please refer yourself by contacting us. Alternatively you can refer yourself on line by completing our self-referral form.