Mentoring Plus Bath And North East Somerset

Mentoring Changes Lives

Mentoring Plus supports vulnerable 7-21 year olds coping with tough challenges such as poverty, health issues and a lack of positive role models by matching our young people with adult volunteer mentors. We're fundraising so that we can train more mentors and support more young people.

Donations open 12:00 PM, 3 December 2019 to 12:00 PM, 10 December 2019

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Registered Charity in England and Wales (1112534)

Campaign target

£8,000

Amount raised

£8,011

Donations

26

Championed by Monday Charitable Trust

  • D is more engaged in class and has been displaying a positive attitude towards all areas of his learning. I think mentoring is vitally useful for vulnerable learners and it would benefit a lot of children in need of a positive role model.

    — Teacher

  • I've just got to mention how impressive I found your mentor training

    — New mentor

  • Since I've had a mentor, I feel differently about the future and how we live. I can see things how different people see them. In the future, I would like to be able to have a good life and get a good job.

    — Mentee

  • I've been mentored and honestly it's saved my life. With my mentor I was able to go out in public again and talk to people and feel normal. I'm at college now and one day I want to help young people who have been through things like I have.

    — Mentee

Situation

We need volunteer mentors to support young people facing complex personal issues and often living chaotic lives with little family support. In 2017 57% of our young people were disengaged/at risk of school exclusion; 57% showed signs of anti-social behaviour; 54% had emotional problems (eg poor mental health, low self-esteem and confidence, family breakdown, bereavement or poor family support) and 25% experienced significant challenges outside of school such as health or caring responsibilities.

Solution

We provide mentoring support for young people facing significant challenges. We train and support adult volunteer mentors and then carefully match them 1-2-1 with the young people referred to us. Our mentors and mentees work together for a whole year. Our latest impact report shows that our unique programme of early intervention initiatives has the following outcomes: improved mental wellbeing; increased engagement with education; reduced risk-taking behaviour and improved relations with family.