The benefits of mentoring for both mentors and those being mentored were highlighted at a series of recent events delivered by the SSSC.
The three events focussed on how mentoring can be an effective way of supporting leadership at all levels in social services.
They were part of a series of leadership events providing an opportunity for workers to spend time reflecting on their current and future practice, sharing experiences and hearing about success stories relating to leadership in different areas of health and social care.
Around 90 people attended the events providing workers with a greater understanding of mentoring, more knowledge of SSSC resources to support mentoring and reflect on the role of mentoring in their current and future practice.
The events were supported by Cargilfield Nursery, Angus Council and Care and Learning Alliance.Attendees gave positive feedback highlighting how their knowledge of informal and formal mentoring had improved, how they had a clearer understanding of the benefits of mentoring and how they had been supported to identify what was needed to progress mentoring in their workplace. Comments included:
“I feel this course has really opened my eyes to mentoring and I have a better understanding of how powerful a mentor can be.”
“It has been reassuring to see that mentoring has a positive effect on both mentors and mentees. The training has helped extend my knowledge and confidence to produce a mentoring policy with my colleagues and manager.”
“I have gained more knowledge of mentoring through this event. Realise that we do mentoring informally and that it obviously does impact on our staff morale and consistency.”
View resources to support mentoring in the workplace on the Step into Leadership website, with a comprehensive guide to support organisations.