Sarah Campbell has been a volunteer mentor with Presbyterian Support since December 2021. With a study background in psychology, she had been searching for a suitable volunteering role related to her studies for some time - ideally working with children in social services. This is when she found out Presbyterian Support were looking for mentors.
Sarah says the benefits of mentoring are numerous. She particularly enjoys seeing the child’s progress, especially their growth and positive behavioural changes. And from the child’s perspective, “It teaches you new things and takes you to new places,” says Sarah’s current mentee.
Her advice to other would-be mentors is to, “Persevere! Take the time to build the relationship and it will pay off. At the beginning, the mentee might not be sure you’ll stick around, but it’s worth the time.” Once the relationship has had time to grow, the child often feels safer opening up to you.