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Mentors rewarded

16 November 2012

Chris Lishman

Three students recognised for going above and beyond

Three University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) undergraduates have been recognised for their efforts in mentoring and supporting fellow students.

Each year M and M Peer Mentoring selects three mentors that have gone above and beyond their duties as a mentor. This year they chose Philip Dwerryhouse, Chloe Fisher and Christopher Cullen. The mentors that were selected are with the three core programmes within M and M. Those programmes are Peer Mentoring, Wellbeing Buddy and Sports Mentoring and Befriending.

M and M Peer Mentoring is UCLan’s Centralised Mentoring programme offering fantastic independent peer support to students for academic issues, homesickness, making friends, organisation, wellbeing issues and sports.

Trained mentors assist students that may be struggling to adjust to university life, increase confidence and friendship networks through participation in one-to-one and e-mentoring sessions, along with free befriending activities such as monthly socials events to and the weekly M and M computer club.

"M and M has helped develop my own confidence and I find it very fulfilling”

Peer Mentor winner Philip Dwerryhouse was shocked to win the award due to the amount of hard working Peer Mentors that are involved in the programme.

The 20-year-old neuropsychology student became a Peer Mentor because he wanted to gain experience helping others due to the psychological aspects of mentoring. This meant that he could apply what he learned on his course to his mentoring and further help his mentees.

Chloe, 20, is a third year forensic psychology student and got involved in the programme because she felt she could apply her own experiences to her mentoring. She helped her mentee on a range of issues such as homesickness and making friends.

Being a Peer Mentor, Chloe developed and enhanced her own skills and confidence. "M and M has helped develop my own confidence and I find it very fulfilling to be able to help others using my own experiences from my first year at UCLan,” stated the forensic psychology student.

Christopher, also a final year student, studies law. He decided to get involved in Sports Mentoring because as a former personal trainer he felt he could provide a lot of help to students seeking it.

“Those that win the Mentor of The Year Awards are truly inspiring people who surpass the expectations of their role”

He developed a basic training programme for his mentee last year and went with him to the gym at least once a week. Although already paired with a mentee he also made himself available to others so that they could come to him if they had any personal issues they wanted to discuss.

Although Christopher was shocked to win the award he stated: “It is nice to be recognised for my efforts.”

Deborah Wynn, Mentoring Manager, added: “All the mentors on all of our programmes should be given credit for the volunteer work that they do for us, but those that win the Mentor of The Year Awards are truly inspiring people who surpass the expectations of their role.”

M and M Mentoring is always looking for mentees as well as mentors. People that have been involved in the programme have found it both helpful and satisfying. Mentors can learn just as many skills as the mentees. In the past it has helped mentors develop their own self-confidence as well as their ability to be able to talk to new people in formal and informal situations.

For more information on what the programme does and how you can get involved please visit our website.