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Mentoring Information for Parents

If you have been referred to Le Chéile for mentoring, we know that you might have a few questions and you might want to find out more. We have put together some information below that tells you a little about what we do, what mentoring is all about and what it means for you.

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What does Le Chéile do?

If you have been referred to Le Chéile for mentoring, we know that you might have a few questions and you might want to find out more. We have put together some information below that tells you a little about what we do, what mentoring is all about and what it means for you.

A Mentor is a member of the community who gives their time on a voluntary basis to Le Chéile. Mentors with Le Chéile all come from different backgrounds and have different life experience. They will get to know you, listen and offer support where they can. We will try and match you with a Mentor that has similar interests. All of our Mentors have done training, provided references and gone through Garda Vetting.

What is mentoring and who is your Mentor?

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Quote from a parent that took part

“For the first time, I met people who listened, who told me I mattered, that I was worth hearing and worth helping – that I was a person in my own right, as well as being a wife and mother – that it wasn’t selfish or weak to ask for help or to put myself first sometimes” 

You will meet your Mentor once a week for between one and three hours. This is called a mentoring session and, during this time, you and your mentor will take part in different activities.

This could be something as simple as getting a coffee and having a chat or going for a walk, going to the cinema or playing pool.

What is involved in mentoring?

What will you get out of it?

As well as taking part in different activities each week, your Mentor can also help you with goals you may want to achieve by providing support.

Mentoring can also positively impact on you or your child’s final report with the Probation Service or the organisation that first referred you to Le Chéile.

All activities and costs, including your public transport costs, are paid for by Le Chéile and funded through the Probation Service and the Department of Justice.

What will it cost?

How long will you be with Le Chéile?

Your time with Le Chéile can last up to one year or more. This will depend on you and the person that referred you to us e.g. Probation Officer. You can choose to stop mentoring at any point, just let us know.

“It was meeting (my Mentor) I think I realised I could still be something or somebody. Her chilled attitude and approach to life made me see things in a whole new light”

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Quote from a parent that took part

Complaints or concerns

If you have any complaints or concerns about any aspect of mentoring or Le Chéile, you can take a look at our Complaints Policy here for more information.

If you still have some questions and you want to find out more, please contact us using the form below and we would be happy to help.

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Contact Us

If you would like to find out more about Le Chéile Mentoring and the work we do, please get in touch below.