News from Mentoring Plus
Amazing support from runners, their sponsors and the Bath Half organisers - thank you! The funds will be spent on training and supporting mentors this year. The target is 50 runners next year so please think of us if you'd like to enter!
We're celebrating 15 years of mentoring!
A fun event hosted by our own young people at the egg, Theatre Royal Bath, marked our 15 years working in Bath & NE Somerset, matching 500 young people at risk with trained volunteer mentors. We estimate the value of all the time donated over those years at over £1 million.
Fancy a challenge?
If you or someone you know would like to do a SERIOUS charity challenge for Mentoring Plus, please give us a shout. Skydiving? We can arrange that. Cycling across Vietnam? No problem. Hiking over Icelandic glaciers? Yep. We work with accredited suppliers to offer pre-arranged and well-organised charity challenges - all you need to do is raise the cash and do the scary stuff.
M+ director wins award
Director Jamie Luck has been given a community award from the Avon & Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner. He was nominated by one of our mentors, for "invigorating" the charity and providing strong leadership in its work supporting vulnerable young people.
WE are delighted that the Co Op Community Foundation have awarded us £1,948 for our Key project, a sports and skills-based activity programme run during the school holidays.
The KEY Project is aimed at encouraging educational, practical and social development. It has two main objectives
- To constructively engage young people during the school holidays
- As an introduction to Mentoring Plus and an opportunity for staff to get to know the young people before they are matched with a mentor at one of our matching days.
Mentoring & Befriending Foundation Approved Provider Standard (APS) success!!
We are pleased to announce that our application to gain the Mentoring & Befriending Foundations APS has been successful. This is a national quality standard which is recognised by funders and commissioners as evidence of safe and competent practice
One of our young people spoke, very eloquently, about his experience of mentoring. It is interesting to hear what his life used to be like and the changes that Mentoring Plus has made.
For many years Mentoring Plus has offered a mentoring and counselling service to young people in schools. We are currently working in Chew Valley School and Hayesfield School in Bath. Young people going through a difficult time and particularly those going through a period of transition really benefit from having someone to talk to. The meetings are carried out on a confidential basis. The main aims are to provide a “safe” environment which will help the young people involved become more confident, positively change attitudes and behaviour at school and home, improve school attendance and where appropriate access help from the relevant third party agency. Tthe service enables young people to...
- Feel less isolated because they can talk through issues in a safe confidential space
- Feel happier and more confident because they are supported and have someone to talk through their problems
- Be able to get help from specific agencies as support workers can liaise on their behalf.
- Have improved performance at school as they will feel calmer and more able to cope with anger
- Feel happier at school and home as they are able to work through their problems .
Activities for young people
We spent some lovely evenings last summer with a group of young people, their mentors and Charlie and John from FishWish, at some beautiful locations near Bath, catching some really impressive fish. Photos in the gallery. The young people learnt how to prepare the rods and tackle and how to land and return fish safely to the water. When a mentor and mentee are sat together on the bank quietly looking at the water anticipating the next catch, it was a real demonstration of the value of the mentoring relationship.
Young people have been working with professional MCs and music producers learning the art of writing their own lyrics and beats. They are encouraged to think about a range of social issues they come across in their everyday lives and use this as a starting point for their lyrics. Upon completion of the course young people will be able to take away a professional mixed and mastered CD of their work.
Check out their work here Mentoring Plus Soundcloud
Focus on the Radio Project
We have been working with Bath City Sound and their Commuity radio station - - a non profit making internet radio station based in Bath.Young people have been trained ahead of producing and presenting the Bath Mentoring Plus show. Sessions enable young people to gain skills in IT, Radio presentation and production, communications and social skills. Our work at Bath city Sounds have even led to us featuring on BBC Points West. Check out the photos in the gallery.
Other groups and workshops
The basement at Mentoring Plus was put to good use and the young people. Our student social workers guided the creation of some amazing paintings and the colours, images, styles and textures that came out are really breath taking. The young people were really focused and absorbed in their work. You can see some of their work in the image gallery.
Its always amazing how popular the cook group proves to be. The young people seem to get so much out of it and there are opportunities to develop literacy and numeracy skills as well as learn techniques, methods, learn about ingredients and equipment, different cuisines and of course taste wonderful home cooked food.
The Youth Action Group (YAG)
......continues to meet regularly on a Thursday evening. They are really getting stuck into their ideas for development and events in 2012. Sessions include:
- Driving Support Group sessions to enable the young people to support each other with the Theory Test and we would have a fund to help with driving lessons. Many of the young people have parents who do not drive and have no access to a car. Learning to drive will give them greater independence and help with finding training and employment
- Job Club sessions to give some career guidance, to help put together a C.V and look at interview techniques. This will give young people a better chance at finding the right training and job for them. We are currently in negotiations with local organisations to find a facilitator for these sessions.
We were thrilled to be picked as joint winners in the south west Gardening Against the Odds award, in a competition held by the Conservation Foundation. 2013 promises to be even more nourishing. check out the pictures in the gallery!
Relax and Chillout Yoga sessions.
Young people and their mentors are invited to come along and learn breathing and relaxation techniques as well as stretching and adopting various 'odd' positions. We are hoping to build these very valuable sessions into the programme on a more permanent basis.
Full details of the current and planned programme can be found on our calendar.
Local groups and events
You may have seen a new link to the BeActive website on our front page. Here, you'll be able to find plenty of information about what to do and where to go in Bath and North East Somerset - useful for both young people and mentors!