Peer Mentoring

When you come to college we are here to support and help you. We have a number of services available to help you transition into college life.

Peer Mentoring in SETU Carlow

Peer Mentors play a key role during First Year Orientation, providing a friendly environment where first year students can get to know other students, socialise and access informal support in a safe way.

Peer Mentors

What is expected of you:

  • As somebody who was once a first year – you are in an ideal role to help others.  You contact will begin in late Aug/early September where you will begin to offer support, guidance, advice and practical tips throughout the student’s first year.
  • It is likely that you will be the first person that the First year will meet so it is very important that you take your role as mentor seriously, the input you contribute will make a substantial impact to their first year/college experience.

Mentoring will involve: 

  • Getting to know you sessions
  • Ice breakers
  • Signposting student supports
  • Highlighting the benefits of participation in Clubs, Societies and Volunteering.

How does Peer Mentoring work?

  • The mentor is a trained student who will guide their mentee through the transition into college and enhance the learning and experience of student life.
  • Mentors are paired with another mentor who pass on information and advice on daily life in college.
  • Act as a form of social support
  • The mentoring relationship is beneficial to both parties
  • Mentor and mentee meet up throughout the academic year
  • Email/Meetings/Face-to-Face contact where possible
  • Share knowledge and experiences
  • Talk to your mentor about topics that may be difficult or awkward to discuss with your lecturers, friends or family.
  • Advice on joining groups and societies

Apply to become a Peer Mentor – (full training provided)

If you think you can make a difference:

  • Applications will open in late March
  • Detailed training and support will be arranged before you commence the role with full support from Student Services and Sports departments and technical support available with setting up online meet ups.
  • You will also have ongoing contact with the Peer Support Officer through the academic year.
  • Being a peer mentor will not interfere with your own course of study, we ask you to commit to giving 5 hours in the First term and 3 hours in second term (excl. training)
  • Develop Graduate Attributes and increase your Employability skills.
  • An opportunity to apply for SETU Carlow’s President’s Volunteer Award.
  • You will be actively involved in the feedback process so that your view can be incorporated in the future planning
  • Garda Vetting will apply

First Year FAQs

What support can I go to my Mentor for?
Your Mentor is there to provide guidance and signposting when you need it. They should be someone you can trust to direct you to a useful service, or answer any general questions you have about the College, Students' Union or Clubs & Societies. If you are unsure about where to go or what service to use, your Peer Mentor will be able to point you in the right direction.
I am not sure where to go and need further support, who can help me?
College can be stressful and difficult and it’s important to know where to turn if you need support. You can find information regarding the available support
How do I know who my Peer Mentor is?
You will have been contacted by your Peer Mentor via email, where they will have introduced themselves. There is also the opportunity to ask questions at the Peer Mentoring induction event at the start of the year. If you haven’t heard from your Mentor in a while, or you have not been contacted, just get in touch with the Peer Mentoring team at Peersupport.cw@setu.ie or mary.boylan@setu.ie to find out who your Mentor is and how to get in touch.
Can I ask my Mentor to meet me?
We encourage both Mentors and Mentees to reach out and arrange to meet up as it helps create a supportive and positive environment.
Do I have to contact my Mentor?
It is up to you how much you engage with your Mentor, they are there to support you if you need it, but you have no obligation to reach out to them otherwise. We recommend you attend the Peer Mentoring induction event at the start of the year so you understand what the scheme is about.

More information

For more information on how to apply, contact Peersupport.cw@setu.ie

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