What is the role of a Mentor?

Mentors are the people to whom members go for advice, support and motivation from the time that they join until they complete E-SaW’s Guaranteed Permanent programme.

 

They also work with E-SaW Private clients who, instead of joining a local club, do the Guaranteed Permanent at home or at work.

 

Mentors support members but, unlike facilitators, are not in charge, week-by-week, of a group of E-SaW Club members (known as ‘a cohort’) undertaking our central programme ‘The Guaranteed Permanent’. Instead, they support the cohort’s facilitator and are a vital part of her team. Mentors are often planning to become E-SaW Club owners (more about being an owner here) or facilitators (more about being an facilitator here) .

 

Members join the Club, and then we chat together and consider, jointly, whether or not they are ready yet to begin. This is largely about the member being able to commit the time and energy necessary to start the E-SaW Guaranteed Permanent programme. To help this process, mentors work with club owners, facilitators and consultants (link here to learn more about working as a consultant).  This is largely about the member really being able to commit the time and energy necessary to start the E-SaW Guaranteed Permanent programme.

 

Tasks for the mentor centre around the members’ emotional welfare and success on the programme. Roles are not rigid: for example, mentors sometimes help the facilitator with the practical tasks involved. But the main job of a mentor is to welcome their E-SaW Club members and make them, for the duration of their whole time with us, comfortable and happy. Mentors also oversee members’ access to consultants so that members receive all the support and advice that they need.

What do mentors earn?

Mentors who also act as facilitators earn about £6,300 per 10 person cohort – considerably more if they also have a health qualification and act as a consultant to the group (link here to learn more about working as a consultant). Otherwise, mentors will negotiate with a facilitator and their earnings will be dependent upon how much work they undertake with each cohort. Facilitators can earn a Full-time Equivalent of £50,400-£63,000.

 

Mentors can also work with E-SaW Private clients who choose to undertake the Guaranteed Permanent programme at a place and time to suit them, rather than go to group meetings

What qualifications do mentors need?

Mentors do not need a health or biomedical science qualification, though many health and biomedical professionals are mentors and also work as consultants.

Mentors need to have completed an 8 week approved Mindfulness based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction (MBSR) or a Mindfulness-based Pain and Anxiety course or be willing to do so as soon as possible. We can arrange an 8 week course for mentors.

What skills do mentors need?
  • A real desire to benefit other people in their work.
  • The ability to gain peoples’ trust.
  • High levels of personal ethics.
  • The ability to network and market the course is a great advantage.
  • The ability to understand, thoroughly, the way that the E-SaW Club works and, in particular, the material within E-SaW’s central programme The Guaranteed Permanent. Training for this is provided.
  • The ability to work within a group of people dedicated to improving people’s health and happiness.
  • An understanding of mindful attitudes or a willingness to be taught these.
Are mentors self-employed?

Yes, unless they are employed in another capacity such as a facilitator or co-owner.

What training do mentors need to take - and how much is it?

A training in how the E-SaW Club and our central programme The Guaranteed Permanent work. Depending on previous experience, this will be 7-8 days plus some work at home. Training is undertaken by The National Colleges and costs £150 per day including lunch (with a maximum payable of £987.50).

If the mentor has not taken an 8 week approved Mindfulness based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction or a Mindfulness-based Pain and Anxiety course, then they take one with us which has enhanced tutoring to make sure that the mentor understands fully how the course works. This whole course costs £235.

This means that the maximum cost of training as a mentor is £1,222.50. Many experienced people will pay less.

PLEASE NOTE THIS TRAINING ALSO COVERS YOU IF YOU DECIDE TO ALSO BE A FACILITATOR. YOU WILL NOT PAY ANY MORE FOR ANY FURTHER TRAINING THAT YOU NEED.

Where does training take place?

We work hard to provide training wherever the mentor is located. We will discuss this with you.

What's the next step?

To take matters further – but without committing yourself in any way – you can check events for the next face-to-face, or online “chat”.

Alternatively simply email work@e-saw.club and we’ll arrange an online, or face-to-face, meet up.