Genesis is launching a new mentoring project called Pathways, to offer free coaching sessions to the vulnerable and disadvantaged adults we work with. Pathways will match trained volunteer mentors with mentees who are ready to set their own goals and work towards making positive changes in their lives.
Genesis works with people who have a wide range of different needs. Through Lifeline at the Gateway Centre we respond to people experiencing times of crisis by providing hot food, clothing and equipment, and support individuals towards a more stable existence. We allow opportunities for clients to engage socially, improve skills and well-being through our Life Skills sessions. Pathways is for those clients who feel able to commit to regular one-to-one meetings with a mentor and use that support to allow them to complete the next stage of their journey.
Caleb Mallard, who is co-ordinating the project, says there’s been a great response from people wanting to become mentors, and that it would be great to increase the pool of volunteers further.
“It’s wonderful to be able to place a mentee with a mentor who has the same interests and relevant life experience,” he says.
Henry Brown is the first mentor to have been matched up with a suitable client.
“I’m excited to be doing this,” he says.
“I’ve long been an admirer of the work of Genesis Trust and wanted to give something back. My hope is that Pathways will be a natural progression from the other support Genesis provides, and a another step towards people achieving their goals.”
If you’re interested in finding out more about becoming a Pathways mentor, please contact Caleb Mallard.