We accept referrals for children and young people throughout the year, working with them before mentor matching to get to know them and their individual needs.
Volunteers also come to us throughout the year, and we usually offer initial 2-day training in spring, summer and autumn. The focus of matching young people with mentors happens after each training session.
Induction and enrolment
Evening dates in the spring, summer and autumn held at Mentoring Plus
Mentors are invited to complete application forms and attend an introductory session when the programme and role is explained. A mentor has to provide references, a positive DBS check and successfully complete an application and interview process.
Mentor core training
One weekend in the spring, summer and autumn held at Mentoring Plus
Our fun and comprehensive training covers topics including engaging young people, anti-oppressive practice, social exclusion, education, working with young people at risk, confidentiality and action planning. A key part of the training covers responsibilities for child protection.
One weekend day following training
A day giving you the opportunity to meet the young people, usually including challenging outdoor activities and groupwork. This is a real opportunity for mentors to create relationships with young people and understand their needs before being individually matched.
Ongoing from matching
Mentors are individually matched with young people after the contact day. They both meet with their Mentoring Plus support worker, assess the young person's current feelings and needs, and agree ground rules and goals. They meet regularly thereafter, including if they want attending a range of M+ activities and interest groups.
Mentor training and supervision
Mentors have to keep in touch about the progress of their relationship. Monthly updates and review meetings at least once very three months are the minimum, though there's plenty more support available if needed. Group supervision / support sessions are also held regularly.
A variety of groups are offered covering sport, crafts, cultural activities and access to great local resources such as festivals and events. These help young people to develop practical, social and educational skills and to work in a group. They are a great way for a mentor to build their relationship and to support the young person in a group environment.
Young people and mentors are formally congratulated on their achievements at a special annual event.