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Celebrating five years of Mentor M.E.

April 28, 2021

Bringing together people with M.E. for mutual peer-support in Scotland over five years, our brilliant Mentor M.E. project has come to an end.

Mentors and mentees marked the end of the project with celebratory tea and cake over Zoom earlier this month, reflecting on the skills, ideas and support they have shared with Action for M.E.’s Avril McLean, who has worked with all our Mentor M.E. volunteers since we launched the project in 2016. Avril (top row, green hat) says:

“Volunteers realised they could use their hard-won knowledge about day-to-day living with M.E. to support others. During our final celebration event (pictured) we toasted the success of the project and are now looking forward to what else is coming up for people as they take forward the support and skills they have gained through Mentor M.E.”

Much of the learning from the project, along with tools, resources and templates that our mentors and mentees found useful, have been brought together in a detailed guide to setting-up local peer mentor support. You can download this free here or contact us to request printed copies.

This guide is suitable for anyone considering facilitating peer mentoring for people living with or caring for someone with a chronic fluctuating and/or energy-limiting health condition, such as M.E./CFS or Long Covid.

We would like to thank all the mentors who volunteered for the project and who informed its development through their feedback and support. Thank you too, to all the mentees who benefited from the project and contributed to its development.

We are delighted that some of the mentors who worked with us are now training to be Volunteer Advocates, working with our information and support team.