It’s been 6 months I’ve been attending The Mentor Ring. I’ve enjoyed the weekly discussions at coffee morning, learnt a lot from others. I was able to share my experience and learn about other peoples points of view. I made some good friends and am still enjoying the community feel. I began to mentor, and became a volunteer. I gained a sense of achievement in that I might be helping someone. My kids were also involved in the mums and kid groups. By attending The Mentor Ring we were made aware of other groups that are running. I can actually say it’s like a mini family that meet and laugh and enjoy our conversation. Everyone brings something new, and the light hearted setting helped to forget our worries..
Volunteering with The Mentor Ring has been a wonderful experience. I’ve met amazing people and learned new skills. Sujatha’s enthusiasm is very catchy and she is very supportive. She encourages you to try new things and motivates you to bring out the best in you. Thank you…
Elin Edwards – Click here to read in Welsh
I started volunteering for The Mentor Ring as part of my volunteering module whilst studying for my undergraduate degree. I was only required to volunteer for the Autumn term, however, have found myself still a part of the Mentor Ring family four years later!
Through TMR I have had the opportunity to meet a wide variety of interesting people, which has not only improved my self-confidence but also improved my communication skills enormously. Whilst volunteering I learnt how to communicate with individuals with communication difficulties, such as language barriers and enjoyed the excitement as I never knew who would walk through the door next.
Volunteering for The Mentor Ring also taught me how to prioritise my workload, and most importantly how to work with compassion and in a non-judgemental manner.
These are all skills that I am taking forward and have found beneficial whilst I am studying for my postgraduate degree in Adult Nursing.
Even though I no longer live in Cardiff, I am still able to help with designing leaflets in English and Welsh which is something I thoroughly enjoy, as it amazes me how many different activities The Mentor Ring can offer.
Cychwynais wirfoddoli gyda’r Mentor Ring fel rhan o fy modiwl gwirfyddoli tra roeddwn yn gweithio tuag at fy ngradd mewn Seicoleg. Mi roeddwn ond yn gorfod gwirfoddoli am dymor, ond rwyf dal yn rhan o’r teulu pedwar blwyddyn yn ddiweddarach!
Trwy’r Mentor Ring rwyf wedi bod yn ffodus o gyfarfod nifer o bobol diddorol, sydd wedi helpu i i ddatblygu fy hyder ac fy’n sgiliau cyfarthrebu. Tra’n gwirfoddoli rwyf wedi dysgu sut I gyfarthrebu gyda unigolion sydd hefo problemau cyfarthrebu, er enghraifft, unigolion sydd ddim yn siarad Saesneg neu Cymraeg fel eu iaith gynaf. Mi wnes I fwynhau y cyffro o ddim gwybod pwy fysa’n cerdded trwy’r drws nesaf.
Trwy gwirfoddoli mi wnes i ddysgu sut i rhoid flaenoriaeth ar fy ngwaith, ac yn bwyslicaf oll, sut i weithio gyda thosturi ac mewn ffordd anfeirniadol. Mae’r rhain i gyd yn sgiliau yr wyf yn dal i’w ddatblygu tra rwyf yn astudio fy ôl-radd mewn Nyrsio.
Er nad ydw i yn byw yng Nghaerdydd bellach, rwyf dal yn gallu helpu trwy dyluno taflenni gwahanol yn y Gymraeg ac yn Saesneg. Mae hyn yn rhiwbeth rwyf dan yn ei fwynhau, ac mae o yn fy synnu faint o weithgareddau mae y Mentor Ring yn ei gynnig.