Mentoring – giving a little back

Steve Pye, Fylde coast business leader
Steve Pye, Fylde coast business leader
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There is an old saying that “youth is wasted on the young”, the flip side of that would be to state that “experience is wasted on the old.”

But what is done with all this invaluable experience gained through life?

Many sports clubs, churches, and charities benefit from people who volunteer their services, free of charge, without seeking recompense or favour.

All they want to do is put something back into society because they subconsciously view this as a form of social responsibility – their duty.

Last September the Blackpool Schools Enterprise Challenge was launched to initiate, manage and support Year 9 students to set up their own small business enterprise clubs outside of lesson time.

As part of the support process, we identified local business owners who wanted to share their expertise and skills to become mentors.

Earlier this week, we (3e Partnership CIC) along with Blackpool Council, organised a Mentors training session with Paul Symes of Business in the Community at the Blackpool Sixth Form College.

The objectives of the mentoring session were to establish what the roles and responsibilities are for mentoring students.

There is not one business owner who has not benefited from having someone helping and guiding them.

Mentoring comes in many formats and its benefits cannot be devalued or understated.

Volunteering to help people and share your knowledge and experience whether it be business or charitable, contributes significantly to a vibrant, friendly society.

Making a difference to the world we live in only costs you time, but enriches and empowers the lives forever of the people you are helping.

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