Lets start at the beginning (Not a bad place to start I guess) My name is Russ Wordie and I applied and have been selected to take part on the outward bound mentor program in partnership with DHL, so yes I do work for DHL well to be more precise I’m a Transport Manager for DHL/ Tradeteam, www.tradeteam.com My job? I’m a Transport Operations Manager at Enfield.
In a few words the Outward Bound Trust is an educational charity, they use the money to help as many young people as possible to have access to safe, adventurous experiences through which they can raise their self-esteem, realise their full potential and achieve more than they ever thought possible. www.outwardbound.org.uk
I was asked to Blog my experience on the mentor program, something I have never done before and being completely freaked out by the very thought of it I said yes, so there’s something else you know about me, I do like a bit of a challenge. I’m sure that you’ll find out more about me as this blog goes on. Yep thats me below, taken on my Hols this year, tan faded now
So for those of you not acquainted with the DHL program heres what I know so far:
All DHL employees are given the chance to apply to become a mentor for the programme, application is pretty straight forward and we are informed we need to raise £500 for the trust ( More on that later) and get your line Managers approval, yea some things easier than others approval from manager or raise the £500, for me approval was the easy part as I had full support from My GM. The application goes off to the DHL Foundation www.dhlukfoundation.org and around 30 people are selected from all the applications. My story almost ended right here as I was not one of the thirty first selected, however I was informed I would be on the reserve list, I was to say at the very least extremely disappointed, But I was assured that people do drop out of the program for one reason or another, Again I tried to hide this disappointment but added ‘why would they’!
A few weeks went by and I was still kicking the tin can around the playground like a sulking child until I got the phone call one afternoon from Nicky telling me there had been a drop out and I was in, but had to completed my CRB check pretty fast, well that could have been in the post before I put the phone down, was I pleased………….mmmmm just a bit.
Since then the CRB has come back clear lol as if it was ever in doubt …..we have our own Mentors forum and there’s a few of us volunteered to write a blog of our experiences, so here is mine and over the coming weeks I’ll try and give you my own personal insight and try not to bore you all. hopefully it will come of some use to a future mentor lol….