Being at university is no doubt an exciting and challenging time. However, it can often be confusing, complex and even lonely. What if you're having a hard time getting to know fellow students? Struggling with anxiety, homesickness and missing family? Getting lost in a sea of hundreds of faces but not knowing one of those well enough to meet for coffee? This is where Connect Peer Mentor project comes in; to support students in fostering social networks which enhance well-being and reduce isolation as they study.
Connect Peer Mentors are student volunteers who support their fellow students in negotiating their way through university life. Peer Mentors are not counsellors and do not take the place of personal assistants – they are a friendly, non-judgemental supportive “friend”, encouraging mentored students to get out and about. They share the benefits of their student experience and give information about professional advice and support services within the university and the wider community. Whether it’s arranging a meeting between mentored students to widen their social circle, helping to reduce isolation in our international students by being a buddy for practicing English or signposting students to local wellbeing services, our Connect peer mentors will help to empower students to make their own university experience a great one.
Students volunteering as a peer mentor will benefit from a comprehensive package of training and support as well as gaining hours towards their volunteering certificate.