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Mentoring Program

What is the BACKUP for Life Mentoring Program?

The BACKUP for Life Mentors Program will consist of former officers and immediate family members who volunteer to take on this role. A Mentor is an experienced and trusted advisor with lived experience.

Mentor Ambassador Hon Troy Grant

On the 14th of November 2016 the Honourable Troy Grant was named as the BACKUP for Life Mentor Ambassador. “I urge all former Police Officers and their families who need help to contact NSW Police Legacy’s BACKUP for Life Program. The Program offers great support to injured officers and their loved ones with coordinated programs. Many former officers carry the physical and mental scars from their service to the community and we owe it to them and their families to ensure they get the help they need”. Hon. Troy Grant.

What do Mentors do?

    Recognise the signs and symptoms of mental health issues

  • Give appropriate initial help and support to someone experiencing a mental health issue
  • Provide empathy and support
  • Refer, refer, refer
  • Facilitate pathways to professional help

Mentors will also engage in regular professional supervision and attend annual professional development.

How can I become a Mentor?

Interested in becoming a volunteer BACKUP for Life Mentor? Expressions of Interest are now open for February 2017.

The process to become a BACKUP for Life Mentor includes:

  1. Submit an EOI
  2. Interview with EOI Panel
  3. Appropriate professional standards clearance
  4. Invitation to attend a BACKUP for Life Mentor Training Course
  5. Successful completion of the BACKUP for Life Mentor Training

Mentor Process Diagram (PDF)

Important dates for February 2017: Expressions of Interest are now open for February 2017 Course

13 January Expressions of Interest Due
17 January Selection panel will review EOI’s
20 January Feedback provided to all applicants
24 January Mentor interviews to be conducted
7-10 February Mentor Course, Sydney Police Centre

Click here to download the EOI Form. Once you have completed your EOI please email backup@policelegacynsw.org.au or
BACKUP for Life Project Coordinator
PO Box 20065 World Square NSW 2002


Would you like to connect with a Mentor?

If you require the support of a Mentor, please contact backup@policelegacynsw.org.au or phone 02 9264 4531

© 2013 NSW Police Legacy