Information meetings in Norway at the end of the mentoring program

The municipality

Information meeting with representatives of the municipality (Grimstad kommune)

At June 19th we had an information meeting at Kvalifiseringstjenesten in Grimstad. The agenda was information about results of LEGME, and presentation of the “Guidelines for mentors and mentor programme coordinators”.

Beside teachers and leaders at our school center for  adults,  the leader of  the office for pedagogical guidance and development services (VUT) and the leader of the office for refugee services and settlement (Flyktningetjenesten i Grimstad) were present. We also invited local representatives from Norwegain Labour and Welfare Administration (NAV).

Good discussions on how to implementate the guidelines took place, and we also discussed further development of the work of mentoring in the municipality.

Meetings with NGOs
Earlier in June we visited two local organizations with the purpose of information about LEGEME and spreading of the guidelines.

At June 10th we had a group meeting with representatives of the local women group of “The Red Cross” (Grimstad Røde kors).  They are running weekly activity among refugee women, and how to use mentoring in this work was discussed in the meeting.

Red Cross

At  June 15th we met the leader of SON (Sammen om nøden). SON is an IOGT based project who runs a local day- and activity center for people with alcohol and drug addictions. A focus in the meeting was: How to use mentoring among the centers target group.

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Gunnhild Bratland Nygård

Guidelines for mentors and mentoring programme coordinators (EN and RO versions)

The final version of the publication Guidelines for mentors and mentoring programme coordinators is ready. We are really pleased to share it with you. Looking forward to reading your feedback.

Guidelines for mentors and mentoring programme coordinators – EN language

Ghid pentru mentori și coordonatori de programe de mentorat – RO language

The guidelines - cover

Sharing lessons learnt – Final project meeting in Cluj-Napoca, Romania

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Mentoring programme developers and coordinators, mentor trainers and mentors came together in Cluj-Napoca, Romania, on 21-22 May 2015 for the final project meeting. The full project team had not met for over a year, since the February 2014 meeting in Palermo, as smaller group conferences were organized in September 2014 in Grimstad and Vilnius, and in February 2015 in Schwerin and Zagreb.

The agenda of the Cluj-Napoca meeting was predominantly allocated to the eight teams sharing their project experiences: lessons learnt in the field of mentor recruitment, mentoring programme development, mentors’ training and coaching, mentors’ and mentees’ progress, and the plans for the future that the partner organizations and institutions have made.

We watched home-made videos including testimonials mostly from mentors – their reflections on what went well, what they learnt, and how being a mentor has changed them. Many said that they would like to be mentors in future programmes as well.

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The draft of the publication Guidelines for mentors and mentoring programme coordinators was carefully reviewed by the participants and improvements were suggested.

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The project management team including the coordinators of each partner organization had a meeting to discuss next steps in the project implementation and issues connected to the final reporting.

I learnt to listen to the child, to what he thinks and how he describes his situation, you know. – D., mentor, MDC

It was a beautiful experience, full of surprises. – G., mentor, CILSDGC

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