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Peer Support Community: Foundation year

The Foundation Year Peer Support Community provided students with the opportunity to experience the benefits of a mentor-mentee relationship, based within a supportive community. Using the resources below the team were to recruit and train students, keep up regular communication with mentors, advertise community events and evaluate the scheme. Following recruitment and training, the team developed a light-touch approach, supervising the mentors, who were then responsible for communicating with mentees. The resources should be adaptable to suit other similar schemes, allowing busy staff to support peer mentoring initiatives within their area.

The Student Life Team have facilitated a number of peer support schemes, developed based on sector research and student feedback. The Foundation Year Peer Support Community provided students with the opportunity to experience the benefits of a mentor-mentee relationship, based within a supportive community. Using the resources below the team were to recruit and train students, keep up regular communication with mentors, advertise community events and evaluate the scheme. Following recruitment and training, the team developed a light-touch approach, supervising the mentors, who were then responsible for communicating with mentees. The resources should be adaptable to suit other similar schemes, allowing busy staff to support peer mentoring initiatives within their area.

For any staff interested in launching a scheme, the Student Life Team are available to provide further advice, guidance and support based on their experience.

Stages

Stage 1:

Schedule : Timely windows for promotion, events, facilitation and communication mapped across the student journey.

Stage 2:

Mentor/Mentee Communication : Template messages to support the recruitment of mentors and mentees

Stage 3:

Welcome Week PowerPoint : A short PowerPoint presentation describing the benefits and structure of the scheme

Stage 4:

Training Slides : A thorough PowerPoint presentation explaining the aims of the scheme and exploring the boundaries and responsibilities of mentors and mentees. Includes ice breaker activities

Stage 5:

Evaluation Form : Feedback survey to gather appropriate qualitative and quantitative feedback

 

Example Event Posters : Examples of posters used to advertise community events