Potential Mentoring are looking for Mentors.

Postal Address

Potential Mentoring CIC
5 - 11 Hanbury Road
London W3 8SG

If you are interested and would like an application form,
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What is Mentoring?

Over the years there have been a number of definitions; here are two of my favourites:

In the past, mentoring has mainly been a one-to-one process, most often informal and unstructured. Contemporary mentoring takes many forms and though informal mentoring often occurs naturally and spontaneously, more structured approaches are now emerging.

In my view mentoring is a gift that is shared, a relationship that enables purposeful conversation. The conversation assists the mentee to reflect on their own experience, make informed decisions and act upon the ideas that are generated. The purpose of mentoring is development, it is about learning not teaching and both mentors and those mentored grow from the experience.

In mentoring, the idea is for people to develop a synergetic relationship through a conversation that enables them to set and achieve goals, make decisions and solve problems. Any person who has the skill to facilitate the mentoring process may be a mentor. We at Potential Mentoring strongly believe that mentoring should be enriching and satisfying for both the mentee and mentor.

Most of us benefit from having someone with whom we can discuss our hopes, plans and problems to share a different perspective, encouragement, to help getting motivated when the going is tough and help with setting goals and defining how to achieve them. Potential Mentoring hopes to become a front runner in putting young people first thus allowing them to grow confidently and with the right support enable them to reach and fulfil their own potential.

Kelly Oyebola


Mentoring is a powerful personal development tool and can be extremely effective in helping people of any age and any walk of life to progress in any area of their life. Mentoring has been used for many years in the sports world and is becoming increasingly popular in the business world. At Potential we use mentoring to assist young people to change their behaviour in order to achieve their goals.

A key component of successful mentoring is the relationship between the two people involved - mentor and mentee. The success of this relationship is, like any other, reliant on mutual respect and trust. To a large extent a mentor relies on similar experiences to help the mentee with their achievements. For this reason each mentee is matched according to criteria designed to ensure the relationship is successful. We aim to connect mentees with mentors who can guide and advise on issues important to the mentee.

Our mentors act as a sounding board and guide to their mentee. They give them the opportunity to think about different aspects of their lives, the challenges they face and what changes they would like to make. Our mentors boost confidence and self belief whilst questioning and challenging current thought processes and behaviours. Potential provides mentees with the opportunity and space to increase self awareness and explore new ideas in a safe environment.

Potential's mentoring programmes are person focused. Whilst each mentee must be referred through a very formal process, once the assessment is complete and the programme is established, our mentoring style is less formal. We promote a partnership style relationship in which the mentor and mentee each have defined roles and responsibilities.

Mentor Characteristics

Supportive: A mentor is one who supports the needs and aspirations of the mentee. This supportive attitude is critical to the successful development of the mentee. A mentor must encourage the mentee to accept challenges and overcome difficulties.

Patient: A mentor is patient and willing to spend time performing mentoring responsibilities. A mentor allows adequate time to interact with the mentee. Time requirements are defined by both the mentor and the mentee.

Respected: A mentor is someone who has earned the respect of peers within his or her profession and has the ability to command respect from mentees.

People Oriented: A mentor is one who is genuinely interested in people and has a desire to help others. A successful mentor is one who has "good people skills"; communicates effectively and listens actively. A mentor must also be able to resolve conflict and give appropriate feedback.

Good Motivator: A mentor is someone who inspires a mentee to do better. A mentor needs to be able to motivate a mentee by encouraging positive behaviour and challenging poor or inappropriate behaviour.

An Achiever: A mentor is usually someone who has achieved a level of success and/or overcome obstacles in a personal or professional capacity. They often set lofty goals, continually evaluate these goals, and strive to reach them. A successful mentor is usually one who takes on more responsibilities than is required, volunteers for more activities, and has high aspirations.

Accepts Others: A mentor is one who shows regard for another's well-being. Every person, including the mentor, has certain vulnerabilities and imperfections that must be accepted. A mentor accepts a mentee's weaknesses and minor flaws just as the mentee must learn to accept the weaknesses and flaws of the mentor.