Mentoring service award

AN Inverurie mentoring initiative has been recognised for its innovative work with people with disabilities and mental health.

The New Explorations Mentoring Service, is funded by the Big Lottery Fund and has received the Health and Disability Recognition Award for 2011 from the Scottish Mentoring Network

The service aims to bring choice and control to the lives of people with mental health problems and disabilities, offering one-to-one sessions to encourage people to achieve their potential through improved self-confidence, motivation and independence and aims to move adults towards regular employment. People not currently seeking employment are also supported with a chance to get together to enhance existing skills, or learn new ones.

New Explorations Mentoring Service has been developed and is delivered by people with disabilities throughout the Grampian area.

Mentoring coordinator, Tricia McLean said: “The service is different from others in that it takes a person centred approach, based on the individual needs of the mentee.

“We aim to give true recognition to the value of people sharing their unique experiences of disability and mental ill health together. We also hope to raise awareness within the community of disability issues, together with the ability and employment potential of people with mental health problems and disabilities.”

To find out more, contact Tricia McLean or Katrina Wilson on (01467) 629675, or email