What can mentoring do?
Adam attends Alcoholics Anonymous, Bilal runs a business, Chris studies chemistry at college and Diane lives with diabetes. What do they all have in common? They could all share the lessons they've learned from experience with fellow horsesmouth members facing the same situation. If you have successfully faced an important choice, challenge or change in your life - and who hasn't - you could help people by signing up to be a mentor. And if you're going through something, getting over something or simply want to get on with something - there's probably someone out there who's been in your shoes. Everyone has something to give and gain. That's why we like to call it the Wisdomocracy.
What's in it for you?
Drawing on your life experiences to help others is rewarding and allows you to breathe the heady air of the moral high ground. But think about it - Its just like e-bay - all that stuff you've got locked up in your head that you rarely think about and that no-one really benefits from can now be unlocked and shared with people who will really value it. In short - this is an easy and fun way to give something back. Or if you're a younger mentor it can be very helpful in building the kind of skills that employers love - listening, problem-solving and learning from experience. And if you're competitive - or think you have an aptitude for it - the MFactor rating system allows you to build your reputation as a mentor - which in some way, some day you may well be able to take to the bank.
What's in it for our community?
Communicating with someone who has been in your shoes can be really helpful, no matter who or where you are. While it may not substitute for professional advice, family or friends, sometimes it's exactly what you need. But often social, geographic, physical and emotional barriers can make it hard to find that someone. Horsesmouth breaks down those barriers to access and allows people all over the UK to come together anonymously and confidentially, to share their life experiences.
Cool tools for mentors: The M-Factor
Of course if you're mentoring on an obscure issue or a rarely searched topic you may be less in demand but still have a really valuable contribution to make. You can then send a mentor shout out and the site will promote your special topic to the community and to other related comminuties.
Cool tools for mentors: Pearls of Wisdom
Would you like to give us a piece of your mind? Well, this is where you put it. Pearls of wisdom are where mentors can share their thoughts about specific topics or publish the answer to a frequently asked question. It can be anything from a funny anecdote to a slice of your personal philosophy. If you happen to send an especially brilliant message to another member, you can save that as a pearl of wisdom, too. Or if you have something more substantial to say publish it as a story - basically this is a longer version of a pearl of wisdom.
Cool tools for mentors: Your Library
Tell other members about your favourite books and websites by storing them in your library. It will give them a better picture of the kind of person you are and hopefully inspire others into picking up that book or visiting that website. You can also use tags to label your own and others' content. This makes all of the content on horsesmouth more searchable and identifiable.
Cool tools for mentors: Manage your time
As a mentor you can simply count the time you are spending on the site or if you want to manage that time and make sure you're not ovewhelmed you can set the clock to a specific amout of time per week - say 1 or 2 hours. We will make sure your profile is not found in any new searches after youve completed your time that week.
Cool tools for mentors: Start and host a Group
As a mentor you are encouraged to start a group on any topic of special interest to you that you think other members of the community might share. If you do a search on a particular topic and see that there are a few other people mentoring on it, or if you notice a popular topic that you know something about coming up in calls for help, this would be a good opportunity to start a group. You invite specific members into the group and you can decide to accept or reject invitations to join from other members.
"There is grit in my wounds
I cleaned it out
Sowed it up
Planted a seed
-trying is the most important step..."
If you've lived, you've learned...and you've probably got a story to tell. Mentoring online is the perfect way to share your hard earned-wisdom with those who can benefit from your experiences and knowledge, all in a supportive, safe and secure online environment. It takes seconds to sign up and you never know who you might meet!
If you've tried using search and browsed the profiles on our site but can't find anyone who's quite right for you, send a request for a mentor to the whole community. You'll get some good responses and one or two may turn into mentoring relationships.