What is Mentoring?
Our approach answers the question “what is mentoring?”
Most of us can recognise the catalysts in our lives that have helped us become the people we are today.
Most of those catalysts are actually people and relationships. People we have been helped by and relationships we have built that encourage us to take that next important step or simply to believe in ourselves. So we ask what is mentoring? How does it relate to our approach.
We recognise that finding those relationships and people can be harder for some than for others.
Many young people feel isolated and confused; they desperately need positive role models and people who care enough to give their time and their faith in each young person.
We will work with a wide group of young people who need and want help to move forward in their lives. Person-centred approaches and volunteer-based peer support will be key planks in all the bridges we will work to build for young people. Relational support is an essential part of all that we do to work with young people.
So our emphasis is on providing relational and ongoing “clusters of support” via a team of peer volunteers, led and supported by our project co-ordinator as the core of a “personal package” of support and that’s our answer to the what is mentoring question.
We know that young people need support that is relevant, committed and based on friendship and community to complement support received through more formal services. Therefore,
There are three main elements to our approach:
- After school, and beyond school, group social and developmental activities
- Peer mentoring and support through our “cluster” model
- 1-2-1 person centred planning sessions led by our Project Co-ordinator.
- a bespoke set of outcomes and personal development plan;
- improved emotional well being and less anxiety;
- reduced isolation and living a more inclusive life;
- increased independence;
- enhanced educational attainment and learning
- employment opportunities will be improved because of increased confidence, social and other skills and self-esteem
- respite for parent-carers will also improve their own well-being and offer time for themselves whilst their child is being helped by the project and away from the family home
- volunteer development as those involved in the project will learn new skills and enhance their own educational and employment opportunities.