Referrals for children and young people
Mentoring Plus accepts referrals for children and young people from schools, police and other partner agencies throughout the year.
For our mentoring programme outside school, we accept children and young people who:
- Are 12 to 17 years old
- Live in or attend school in Bath and NE Somerset
- Would benefit from mentoring support to cope with behaviour issues or to prevent emotional harm
- Are happy to commit to being mentored on a voluntary basis
- Have the consent of their parent or carer to be referred.
During 2014 we are piloting a mentoring programme specifically designed for 18-21 year olds. We also mentor children aged 8-11 in their school settings.
Mentor training and matching is concentrated in the spring, summer and autumn terms, and we work with children and young people in advance of their final matching to get to know them and help identify their needs.
Once we receive a completed qualifying referral form, we meet the young person to explain more about the project and to invite them to join in with project activities. Initial meetings can take place in school, at home or other agreed venues.
Often contact will be made with the referrer prior to meeting with the young person. We aim to keep referrers updated throughout the course of a mentoring relationship, and regularly participate in Teams Around the Child and other partnership working.