Become an LQ mentor
Support the leaders of the future as an LQ mentor
Support our leaders in training to complete their leadership qualification by becoming a mentor.
Within Girlguiding, mentoring is a focused programme designed to support new leaders in training. Having a great mentor makes a huge difference, and helps new leaders settle into their role and complete their qualification.
Why become a mentor?
- It’s an opportunity to hear a new perspective and ideas from your mentee
- It provides an opportunity to reflect on your own guiding practices
- It’s fantastic recognition as a role model within guiding
- Enables you to develop your leadership skills including providing feedback, communication and interpersonal skills
Find out more about what mentoring involves in the mentoring handbook.
How will I be supported?
When you become a mentor for the LQ, you can complete our introductory elearning and may be invited to a mentor training session. This makes sure you're clear on the role and understand who does what throughout the process of completing the LQ.
If your local area does not have a training planned, ask your county commissioner if she knows of any others taking place soon.
How much time will I need to give?
There is no specified time commitment for being a mentor, but we do expect you to be committed to your mentee. As a minimum, you'll need to:
- Meet with your mentee at least once a term and help them to track their progress through the LQ
- Visit your mentee - or arrange for someone else to do so - to observe their skills and help them to reflect on and learn from their experiences
Check out these ideas for your mentoring meetings.
How do I get involved?
Have a chat with your local commissioner and ask her to put your name forward. Alternatively, contact the leadership qualification coordinator in your local area.
Resources for mentors
A reference guide that contains everything you need to know about being a mentor.
Ideas to help mentors prepare for meetings with leaders in training.
A contract to ensure that mentors and leaders in training understand what is expected from the relationship.
Notes for commissioners
How to support leaders in training in your role as commissioner.