Role of the Provincial Grand Mentor
The purpose of a Mentoring Scheme is to provide a high level of personal support to each Candidate, in order to ensure that he is able to enjoy being a Freemason, understands the principles of the Craft, and becomes involved in his Lodge and all its activities as fully as possible.
The West Kent Mentoring scheme, although appearing centrally focused on ‘newer masons’, provides support and assistance in exactly the same manner/methods to those Brethren of increased experience and service, who wish also to further enhance their Masonic journey.
THE ROLE OF THE PROVINCIAL GRAND MENTOR
The role of the Province is pivotal to the success of the scheme. Its role is to:
- Manage the Scheme Locally
- Appoint a Provincial Mentor who:
- prepares Mentoring guidance, literature and information tailored for the Province
- supports Lodges
- provides advice and guidance to Group Mentors, Assistant Group Mentors & Lodge Mentors and organises training for Group Mentors, Assistant Group Mentors & Lodge Mentors
- arranges Masonic awareness and development seminars
- listens to Lodges’ experiences
- provides literature and information for each applicant, candidate, etc.
- measures effectiveness of the scheme in the Province.
- In future, to share experience with other Provinces to encourage the development of proven mentoring practices.
The Provincial Mentoring Team is committed to providing its members with every possible opportunity of experiencing ‘individual mentoring excellence’ by:
- providing our mentors with training, coaching, support, advice, information and by sharing best practice techniques;
- promoting the learning and advancement opportunities available to our membership
- the process of creating a mentoring culture
- recognising and celebrating mentoring excellence.
THE ROLE OF THE LODGE MENTOR
The Lodge, as a whole, must welcome, support and value its new members – indeed, every member! It is accepted that one person alone cannot achieve this objective.
The Lodge Mentor must be assisted by other members of the Lodge and be responsible for coordinating the Proposers, Seconders or other Brethren he has selected to act as Personal Mentors under his guidance. Each Lodge will of course approach this task in its own preferred way, but whatever that way is, there needs to be acceptance of the fact that a structure is necessary. It is not enough to merely depend upon a Proposer or Seconder, however well meaning they may be, for their other duties in the Lodge or an inability to attend regularly may leave the Candidate neglected.
If you wish to know more about Mentoring please refer to the West Kent Mentoring website.