Impact and investment

This is a county famous for its beauty and heritage, but it includes areas of high deprivation and rural isolation. For a young person affected by poverty, family breakdown, physical and mental health issues or other difficulties, this is not a beautiful place.

Nearly half the young people referred to us are identified as at risk of school exclusion, a huge risk factor for that student’s future.

Over a quarter are affected by mental health issues, 10% by substance misuse, and nearly a third are on a child protection plan.

Some are in care, some are young carers themselves.

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Together, these factors place that young person at significant risk. Without support, they may go on to offend, to leave education or training, to harm or be harmed.

Your support can halt that process. Your money pays for a simple, effective programme which re-connects young people to their community. It helps them thrive and feel happy.

Here’s what we helped young people achieve last year:

How do we invest in our services?

Front-line Professionals

Two-thirds of our funds pay directly for the front-line professionals who support young people and their mentors.

Each link worker has a full caseload of matched pairs. They work with newly referred mentees to understand and meet their needs, and they support each young person’s exit plan at the end of mentoring.

Throughout the year, they keep closely involved in each mentoring partnership. They manage cases with more complex needs and multi-agency support, focused always on the interests of the young person. They organise activities and ensure young people can access them.

Mentors

We ask a lot of time and commitment of our volunteers. It’s right that we offer to contribute to their travel expenses, and provide a limited monthly budget for mentoring meetings. This ensures anyone can volunteer, including low-income and unwaged mentors.

 The monthly allowance sets realistic expectations for entertainments or refreshments when mentors and mentees meet, and can be used by mentors to help young people plan and budget.

We also invest in group clinical supervision for our mentors, enabling them to offload concerns and gain confidence.

These mentoring expenses account for about 12.5% of our annual costs.

Mentors

We ask a lot of time and commitment of our volunteers. It’s right that we offer to contribute to their travel expenses, and provide a limited monthly budget for mentoring meetings. This ensures anyone can volunteer, including low-income and unwaged mentors.

The monthly allowance sets realistic expectations for entertainments or refreshments when mentors and mentees meet, and can be used by mentors to help young people plan and budget.

We also invest in group clinical supervision for our mentors, enabling them to offload concerns and gain confidence.

These mentoring expenses account for about 12.5% of our annual costs.

Activities

Just over 10% of our costs fund activities for young people. Group work helps young people build confidence and teamwork skills, and exposure to new places, skills and experiences is vital to raise aspirations.

In a county rich in cultural and recreational opportunities, we focus on helping young people make connections to world-class organisations and feel a sense of belonging to this heritage.

Activities this year include Spoken Word (a literacy project involving local poets and musicians, a Bath Festival performance and older peer mentors), a series of sports taster sessions with Olympic coaches at Bath University, and working farm days at the amazing Jamie’s Farm outside Bath.

The remaining investment, about 11%, pays for our support and administration.

Can you help Mentoring Plus change the lives of local young people who urgently need our help? Please contact us or read more about the ways individuals and organisations can get involved. Thank you!