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What is Mentor M.E. and how can I get involved?

Action for M.E.’s Mentor M.E. peer support network is a five-year project to develop a network of volunteer peer mentors supporting people living with M.E. in Scotland.

We have already established a Mentor M.E. network in Edinburgh, Lothians and Fife. Now (February 2019) we are seeking more people affected by M.E., including carers, from all parts of Scotland who would like to use their experience to become volunteer mentors.

You can watch our short film to find out more about how the project benefits those involved. For more information, please contact Avril McLean, Mentor M.E. Project Worker, by email or call 07753 247099.

“The one thing I was looking for was just someone to believe me and be kind to me.” (Mentee, 2017)

What do volunteer peer mentors do?

Peer mentors draw on their personal experiences to support and guide others in similar situations – in this case, living with M.E. Their 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.

Through our Mentor M.E. project, we can offer you full training and support, for which your travel expenses will be reimbursed.

Mentoring for people with M.E.

“I always come away feeling better and with potential solutions.” (Mentee, 2017)

Do you have M.E. and live in Edinburgh, Lothians and Fife? Do you think you could benefit from having a peer mentor with experience of the illness? We would love to hear from you: please contact Avril McLean, Mentor M.E. Project Worker, by email or call 07753 247099.

As a mentee, you are matched to a peer mentor who can provide you with support and guidance, and share their experiences and insights into living with M.E. or caring for someone with M.E. One of your first tasks will be to set up your own mentoring agreement, outlining what you want to achieve and how you will work together.

The mentoring relationship lasts for a fixed period of time, with you deciding how regularly you wish to meet, and at a time and in a public space agreed by you and your mentor. As a mentee you will be invited to quarterly meetups with other mentees providing you with the opportunity to meet others in similar circumstances, review how the mentoring relationship is going, and to socialise.

Avril McLean, Mentor M.E. Project Worker, will maintain regular contact with you and ensure you’re getting the best out of the experience. Your mentor will be fully trained and provided with regular support and supervision.

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.