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Helping The Community

Why Mentoring is Needed

Many people within our communities experience isolation, a lack of connection and reduced access to support. This is particularly true for people with mental health issues who may require additional help to connect to different parts of their community

Stigma and discrimination can have a big impact on a person’s identity, willingness to engage with services and supports and ultimately their health outcomes

CCNB provides impartial information, advice and guidance to support people to navigate social, health and community supports

At Risk Groups Requiring Mentoring

At risk groups that the CCNB mentoring program seek to work with include people with mental health issues who are

  • leaving the defence force

  • leaving prison and other custodial settings

  • mums and dads at risk of isolation or without support

  • LGBTI young people

Research supports that these groups are at increased risk of isolation, mental health issues and stigma / discrimination

Mentor Training

Mentors will receive formal mentoring training through TAFE and support to provide information, advice and guidance in a strengths based and recovery focussed way

Mentor -Mentee Matching

Matching a Mentor and Mentee is a specialised process where the Mentee is given the chance to shape what they would like to achieve by having a Mentor

Goals may relate to

  • Connecting with your community

  • social and emotional wellbeing

  • housing

  • education and employment

  • finances and money

  • navigating systems like health and housing

This is a relationship that both parties engage in voluntarily

How Much of My Time Will It Need?

Mentor and mentees would typically meet up weekly for a period of 12 weeks in the community to discuss and plan working towards goals, then can negotiate to meet monthly or bi-monthly for a further 9 months

Activities may include

  • filling in overwhelming (and frustrating!) forms and paperwork

  • joining a sporting team

  • attending meetings

  • CV writing and job interview practice

  • accessing the community together

Who to Contact

Contact Scott Thompson at CCNB for more information about community mentoring on 9998 2936 or at or to register your interest in attending a mentoring information evening on August 21st. 

Mentoring: What We Do
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