Mentoring

My experience of mentoring comes primarily from volunteering with young wheelchair users.  Children come out with the most wonderful questions and one of my favourites has to be “how do you pull your trousers up if you can’t stand up”?!

Whilst children ask questions more readily, adult wheelchair users often have questions too but can find it more difficult to pluck up the courage to ask.

To mentor is “to advise or train” and in my experience is not necessarily about having all the answers but about having an idea where to look or how to approach a problem.

I frequently come across disabled people who, simply put, ‘don’t know what they don’t know’.  Living successfully as a disabled person is something which has to be learned whether this is done in childhood or as an adult.