Mentor Programme Accreditation
September 3, 2013
In July, the Peer Mentor programme received external accreditation from the Mentoring and Befriending Foundation and was assessed to meet their ‘Approved Provider Standard’ (APS). APS is the national quality standard specifically designed for mentoring and befriending projects. It consists of 12 elements which focus on the key management and operational areas that underpin the effectiveness of any mentoring or befriending project.
In order to achieve APS, projects are required to demonstrate that they meet the requirements of each element. Gingerbread’s project met this and is now accredited for a three year period The Peer Mentor project now delivers accredited training and is included in the MBF online project directory.
The mentor project has proven successful in helping new residents move into Rothesay Court and make their stay at Gingerbread a positive one. It has also empowered mentors and helped develop their confidence and build a more positive future. Since the volunteering project began at Gingerbread in November 2011, mentors have achieved further success with one starting a law degree at Staffordshire University, several more going to college studying subjects as diverse as Health Diplomas and Nail Art, with many others finding full-time work.
With the APS accreditation, the mentor project is well positioned to continue the support it gives to service users and the scope of it has extended to cover other projects under Gingerbread’s umbrella.