What is Foróige's College Mentoring Programme in collaboration with NUI Galway's University of Sanctuary Initiative?

It is a mentoring programme that supports students who have transitioned into third level education. The programme is offered to students who are part of the college Access Programme. The programme’s aim is to help and support students to settle in college.

Why get involved?

Mentees have said:

  • It helped them settle into first year
  • They benefitted from having someone to talk to
  • It built their confidence in college life
  • It supported their emotional wellbeing

Who are the mentors?

The mentors are employees of the college, working in roles such as administration, academic and support staff. Mentors are selected based on their willingness and capability to support a student, their knowledge of the college and its processes and their interest in the welfare of college students.

What's expected of mentors?

Mentors meet their mentee once a month for an hour on the college campus. Mentors can meet their mentee for a coffee, get lunch together or go for a walk around the campus.

What supports are offered?

Mentors receive training and will be assigned a staff member who will support them throughout the year. Mentors can contact the staff person if they have any questions or concerns.

If you are interested in becoming a peer mentor, please complete the expression of interest form here.