Volunteer Mentor Experiences of Mentoring Forced Migrants in the United Kingdom: An Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis

Tynewydd, Iona, Semlyen, Joanna, North, Sophie and Rushworth, Imogen (2021) Volunteer Mentor Experiences of Mentoring Forced Migrants in the United Kingdom: An Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis. Refuge, 37 (1). pp. 38-49. ISSN 0229-5113

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Abstract

Research demonstrates the complex nature of supporting forced migrant populations, however, there exists almost no research regarding volunteer experience of supporting forced migrants. This study explored the experiences of volunteer mentors in the United Kingdom. Eight participants were recruited from a single charitable organisation. Data were collected using in-depth, semi-structured interviews and verbatim transcripts were analysed using Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis. Four superordinate themes emerged: Paralyzed by Responsibility and Powerlessness, Weighty Emotional Fallout, Navigating Murky Boundaries and Enriched with Hope, Joy and Inspiration. Participants experienced a range of emotions as a result of their mentoring: from distress to inspiration. Findings suggest focusing on achievable changes helps mentors. The mentoring relationship is hugely important to mentors but also requires careful navigation. The findings suggest that, whilst it is a fulfilling experience, support is required for volunteers mentoring forced migrants. The relative strengths and limitations of the study are considered. Theoretical implications and suggestions for organisations, clinical applications and future research are provided.

Item Type: Article
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > Norwich Medical School
Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > School of Health Sciences
Depositing User: LivePure Connector
Date Deposited: 25 Aug 2020 00:05
Last Modified: 19 Apr 2021 23:47
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/76561
DOI: 10.25071/1920-7336.40708

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