Jordan learnt a lot through mentoring “Having a mentor allows me to get my ideas out rather than staying in my own mind; they don’t shut you down.”
Jordan found it difficult to make and sustain friendships and focus on a route for education training or employment. Jordan often says he has ‘tried everything’ and has unsatisfactory results.
What did we do?
We discussed finding Jordan a mentor and what they would like to work on together. Jordan recently moved to a new housing project, and although he is really happy to have his own place, he has been finding it really hard to socialise over lockdown and very hard to finish doing online courses. Jordan and his mentor have been meeting up weekly and sharing feelings and thoughts on this. His mentor has encouraged him to get out of the house, talk about his frustrations and share his hopes and dreams. We have supported him to find bursaries when he identified a new route that might help.
What strengths did Jordan demonstrate?
He showed a willingness to work with someone with different beliefs and lifestyles to him and ability to see the positive impact of seeing other people’s perspectives. He showed a desire to understand other people’s ideas and see how this can help them explore his own ideas.
What difference did we make?
Jordan has benefitted from having a non-judgemental person with whom he can share ideas and solve issues.
“I can say any idea even if it is really crazy and there is someone to listen. It has made it easier to talk to others because there is a space ‘to get out crazy ideas.”
Having a mentor helped with finding out about bursary for guitar lessons so Jordan, can work towards self- employed skills, so he can have more independence
“Having a mentor allows me to get my ideas out rather than staying in my own mind; they don’t shut you down.”