“Friend, guide, confidante: a true mentor is a precious gift.” (Australian Women’s Weekly)
It can’t be denied that mentoring has the power to transform someone’s life.
In the latest issue of The Australian Women’s Weekly, News and Features Editor, Samantha Trenoweth explores the various ways mentoring helps a person shape who they are, realise their potential and gain a more positive outlook on life.
Four years ago, experienced mum Sally volunteered to mentor in Raise’s Bump program for young mums and was matched with single mum Katrina. Through spending time together during the 6 month long program, Sally and Katrina forged a close bond.
“I’ve gained a sister in Sally, and a lifelong mentor,” Katrina says. “I feel like she’s part of my family.”
The reassurance and support that Sally provided helped Katrina navigate the ups and downs of motherhood. Connecting with other young mums in the program was a lifeline for her.
“[Katrina] needed a cheerleader along the way, and I’m really pleased I was able to do that,” says Sally. “It was about reassuring her that she could do absolutely anything she wanted and helping her gain the confidence.”
To read the full article, grab a copy of The Australian Women’s Weekly March 2020 issue – on stands now.
Raise’s Bump mentoring program is for pregnant and parenting women aged between 13 and 23. Young mums are matched with experienced mums from the community and offers weekly mentoring and workshops. It’s also a great opportunity for young mums to meet and socialise.
In 2020 there are 6 Bump programs across Australia:
Bump Woodridge QLD on Wednesdays at 12pm-2pm
Bump Paramatta NSW on Wednesdays at 11am-1pm
Bump Narrabeen NSW on Mondays at 10am-12pm
Bump Geelong VIC on Thursdays at 12pm-2pm
Bump Armadale Perth on Wednesdays at 10am-11.30am
Bump Smithfield Plains SA on Thursdays at 12pm-1:30pm
If you’re a young mum, or you know one who would like to join the Bump program, please register your interest via our online applications at www.raise.org.au/portfolio/bump