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Mentor M.E. confirmed funding from ALLIANCE

November 01, 2018

The Mentor M.E. peer support network is a five-year Action for M.E. project, launched in 2016, and funded by the Scottish Government and the Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland (the ALLIANCE) from the Transforming Self-Management in Scotland Fund.

Following its initial three-year funding, we are delighted to report that the ALLIANCE has confirmed funding to continue Mentor M.E. for years four and five. This will allow us to carry on recruiting and building our network of volunteers, providing mentoring support to people in Edinburgh, Lothian and Fife, and to extend reach of the project into the Highlands and Islands, and other regions across Scotland.

The project connects people who have just found out that they have M.E. with people who have lived with it for a longer period of time. The mentor’s role is to support their mentee to identify goals and/or find their own solutions to challenges they may face. At times, mentors may offer support that looks like counselling or befriending, but the mentor role has a very specific aim of empowering people to be better manage their lives and their symptoms independently.

These relationships last for a fixed period of time, where the pair decide how regularly they wish to meet with one another, at what time and the public space that they wish they meet.

If you live in Scotland and would like to find out more about the work of the project please contact our Project Coordinator for Scotland, Theresa Burns, by email or on 07753 247098.