Project information

Mentoring Programme

To expand our mentoring programme - providing an additional 25 young people aged 13 - 21 with one to one support and guidance from a volunteer mentor who helps them set and achieve personal goals, develop self confidence, overcome any issues and build positive relationships.

February 2015 - March 2016

Charity information

The Factory Youth Zone

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  • Need


    The Factory Youth Zone is located in the 5th most economically deprived area in the whole country, where a large proportion of young people are classed as disadvantaged, vulnerable and at risk by professionals working with them.

    As a result, many of our members suffer from low self confidence and esteem, which limits their experiences and aspirations. As a result, they can often turn to anti-social behaviour, substance misuse and criminal behaviour.


    The mentoring programme intervenes before situations reach crisis point by providing one to one support from a volunteer mentor for a whole year. The young person is helped to set realistic and achievable goals, make informed decisions and improve their self esteem and confidence.

    Our experience has shown that mentees respond positively to volunteer mentors and develop strong bonds with them, and providing the positive role model which may be lacking in other areas in their life.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    25 young people successfully complete the mentoring programme and improve their mental wellbeing


    » To recruit 25 volunteer mentors and provide a 6 week training course, managed by the Mentoring Coordinator
    » Recruit 25 young people through a referral programme and match to an appropriate mentor
    » Create action plans with the young person, assessing their support needs and setting achievable goals for the future
    » Evaluate and monitor the success of the programme through feedback from mentors, mentees and their family members and schools

    Young people will have increased self esteem, greater aspirations for the future and increased educational attendance, demonstrated through completed action plans and case studies

  • Impact


    The project will deliver a number of long term changes including:
    - Improvements in relationships with their family and peers
    - An increase in their overall communication skills
    - Enhanced social / emotional development
    - Increased options and opportunities for participation
    - A reduction in risky behaviour
    - Improvements in mental and social well-being

    Success will be shown through the completion of surveys at the beginning and end of the course, highlighting the outcomes achieved


    There is the risk that one or more of the mentees could withdraw from the programme. We will deal with this risk by maintaining a waiting list of mentees in order to maintain the caseload of 25 matched mentees and mentors.


    We will communicate to donors via personal case studies, our website, social media and our quarterly e-newsletter detailing the progress and successes of the project.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £40,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £28,000 Mentoring Coordinator Full time post to deliver training and support the mentor/mentee relationships
      £4,500 Volunteer expenenses 12 months volunteer expenses to support activities attended by mentees and mentors
      £5,000 Training and group activities 6 week mentor training and group activities to build relationships between each mentor and mentee
      £2,500 Celebration/graduation event Celebration events for mentees and mentors
  • Background


    The Factory Youth Zone is located in Harpurhey, 2 miles north of Manchester city centre. There are over 6,500 children and young people growing up in Harpurhey, an area in North Manchester that ranks 2nd worst in England for the effect of long term deprivation on children.

    These young people are vulnerable to poor educational attainment and future worklessness, and to developing antisocial or offending behaviour.


    Young people aged 13-21 from deprived backgrounds who are struggling due to a lack of opportunity or through not having a positive role model in their life.

    Volunteer mentors will benefit from our commitment to their personal development via training and support from the Mentoring Coordinator and wider training opportunities made available at the Youth Zone.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We have successfully provided a mentoring service for the last 12 months and have a waiting list of young people to take part in the next programme.

    The Factory Youth Zone has good knowledge of the local young people and issues affecting them with an already established membership of over 2,200 young people.

    Our Mentoring Coordinator has an additional three years’ experience of running peer mentoring programmes across a number of schools and colleges.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Sarah Williamson - Mentoring Co-Ordinator

    Sarah is responsible for training all new mentors and for overseeing each mentor/mentee relationship to ensure the programme remains effective

Our first complete mentoring match

Our first complete mentoring match

I think mentoring is good for someone who wants to change something about their life, wants things to be better and needs some positive influence

Veronika - Mentee