This is why we're here
In 2012-13 we matched 45 young people with mentors. They were referred to us with a range of risk factors:
- In care or care leavers
- Excluded or at risk of exclusion from school
- Engaging in anti-social behaviour
- Known to have experienced abuse or domestic violence
- Inappropriate users of alcohol and drugs
- Suffering with mental health issues
- Socially isolated; disengaged from education, family and friends.
Many young people can be identified as facing multiple risk factors. Of a recent cohort 13% were in care, 29% were identified as at risk of offending, 5% were carers, 26% had mental health issues, 46% were at risk of exclusion, 31% were on a Child Protection Plan and 10% were impacted by substance misuse.
Of the same group, 41% of referrals experienced conflict at home, 39% had a history of offending, 54% exhibited antisocial behaviour, 22% had conflict at school, 20% were excluded from school and 44% were truanting.
Our vision is a community where every child and young person can thrive. Our mission is to get closer to this by inspiring communities to raise the aspirations of their young and most vulnerable. We've got work to do.
We match young people one to one with a trained adult volunteer mentor. The impact of their relationship on the young person can be profound. A mentor helps a young person build self esteem, to cope with emotional difficulties and behaviour issues, to increase their happiness and wellbeing and to choose a positive path.
We measure the young person's feelings and strengths when they begin being mentored, and again at intervals throughout the programme. Looking at our recent cohort, 77% experienced significant progress, identified by both the mentor and mentee. Of those who had made less progress, most were more recent pairings just getting established.
85% of this cohort took part in group activities with Mentoring Plus and marked the experience as "very positive." Joining in with group work helps young people to develop collaborative, social skills and confidence.
The connection between mentor and mentee is consistently positive. 42% of young people rated having a mentor as 7 out of 10, 58% rated mentors as 8 out of 10 and above.
Read more about the mentoring experience, information for referrers, how to volunteer, and how to help fund our work.
The project is currently staffed by a number of permanent, sessional staff and student social workers.
Permanent staff comprise:
Jamie Luck (Project Director)
John Melbourne (Out of School Practitioner)
Michelle Kelley (In-School Practitioner)
Humphrey Pain (Out of School Co-ordinator)
Rachel Harris (Administrator)
Ruth Keily (Mentor Recruitment Officer)
How is the project managed?
The crime prevention work of Mentoring Plus is overseen by the B&NES Youth Crime Prevention Panel comprising representatives from social, educational and youth services, the Police, Connexions and the Youth Offending Team.
Since Mentoring Plus became an independent charity (charity number 1112534) and began operating as a limited company (Company No. 5589316), the project has been managed by a board of Trustees. Trustees bring expertise and experience from a variety of professional backgrounds including legal, publicity, mentoring, finance, the voluntary sector, business and industry. The members provide advice and guidance on project development and operational issues.
The current board of Trustees are:
Dr Karen John
We are also privileged to have high profile supporters of Mentoring Plus in:
Professor Rod Morgan, President
Ken Loach, Film Director, Patron
Sir Michael Boyd, Theatre Director, Patron
Kelvin Swaby, Musician, Patron
The Mentoring Plus Annual Reports are available to download here:
Our work is governed by a number of policies protecting children and young people, staff and volunteers. Below are links to the policies most relevant to an external audience (.pdfs). If you can't find what you are looking for, or have any other queries, please call us on 01225 429694.