Project information

Inspiring Young Lives

Remember someone who believed in you? Our 7-21 year olds struggling with challenges at home or school build confidence from working 1-2-1 with a trained mentor. They have fun, connect with community, find ways to cope and build brighter futures. With your help we can inspire many more young lives.

April 2019 - April 2020

Charity information: Mentoring Plus Bath And North East Somerset

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  • Need

    Need

    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.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To inspire positive volunteer role models to support young people facing significant challenges.


    Activities

    » Recruit inspirational diverse role models from the wider community
    » Implement a publicity campaign to include local media, talks in schools and to community groups across our whole region
    » Practitioners will carefully match our young people with their volunteer mentor using their expertise and knowledge
    » Our mentors will undergo thorough training to cover safeguarding and best practice and will be supported by a practitioner throughout

    What success will look like

    We currently train around 45-50 new volunteer mentors each year. We measure and record the numbers trained and will see if there is a direct increase.


  • Impact

    Impact

    The number of young people that we can support is directly related to the number of volunteer mentors that we train. The need is greater than we can sustain with current mentors and we therefore have to operate a ‘waiting list’ for referrals. With more mentors we will be able to support more young people, reducing waiting times. We carefully record and report our numbers and also report on the outcomes for individual mentees.

    Risk

    The risks are low as our mentor recruitment and training is a well-established programme, but we are aware of the need to widen our area of recruitment which is currently very Bath-based. We also need to recruit more positive male role models for our male mentees.

    Reporting

    We will request the consent of donors and pledgers to add them to our supporters database and they will receive regular online newsletters. We will also provide information on our website and social media.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £23,577

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      Amount Heading Description
      £5,222 Mentor recruitment local media stories, ads, social media,
      £4,707 Community outreach Talks in schools, articles in newsletters, stands at local community events
      £2,225 Volunteer screening Screening via phone calls which is very time consuming
      £6,912 Volunteer applications Processing of volunteer applications
      £927 DBS checks processing DBS checks
      £1,730 Volunteer training 6 days of staff costs plus £600 direct costs
      £1,854 volunteer interviewing each prospective mentor is interviewed by 2 practitioners following training

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    B&NES Council £8,534 Conditional
    Henry Smith Charity £3,545 Guaranteed
    St. John's Foundation £1,265 Guaranteed
  • Background

    Location

    We work throughout Bath & North East Somerset. Office of National Statistics data shows 5 of its wards are among the 20% most deprived in the UK. Nearly half of our young people live in poverty in these areas of high deprivation in both urban areas, such as Whiteway and Twerton, and rural areas, such as Norton Radstock and Chew Valley.

    Beneficiaries

    Mentoring Plus supports vulnerable 7-21 year olds coping with tough challenges in education, family or peer groups. Many are affected by poverty, health issues and a lack of positive role models. Young people are referred to us by school or social services, or sometimes self-referral. We support over 60 young people with 1-to-1 mentoring each year. Our mentoring benefits mentors, their families, schools, mentors and the wider community.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Mentoring Plus, accredited by the Mentoring and Befriending Foundation, is the only charity providing mentoring support for vulnerable and disadvantaged children and young people in our region. With 20 years’ experience of providing the highest standards of mentoring, we offer a unique programme of early intervention initiatives for up to 250 vulnerable and disadvantaged children and young people aged 7 to 21 each year.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.

    People

    Jamie Luck

    Director, will oversee and manage the overall project direction.

    Stephanie Massie

    Community Development Manager, implement the mentor recruitment strategy.

    Katy Massey

    Lead Practitioner, lead on mentor training, interviews, mentor support and the process of matching mentors and mentees.

    Chris Hart

    Volunteer Co-ordinator, responsible for initial screening of mentors, organising mentor training and interviews and DBS checks.