Project information

The Missing Link

Our projects create a bridge between school and employment, school and the wider community for teens from disadvantaged backgrounds to learn new skills, widen their horizons and where possible, find suitable work placements. We want to pilot a mentoring programme that allows us to embed these gains.

January 2018 - December 2018

Charity information: Project Motorhouse Ltd

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  • Need


    We have been working on projects with disadvantaged high school students in Ramsgate. They are failing in mainstream education but that doesn’t mean they are useless. But they do need a lot of support. We have succeeded in finding some quality work placements eg. graphic design, animation studio, vintage retailer. They need the longer term personalised support a mentoring programme could provide to maximise the few opportunities that life throws them.


    We cannot solve those problems. But we do help the students cope better by giving them a well-founded sense of achievement, a chance to hold their heads up high in the community and have the community show its appreciation. We have managed to get some wonderful work placements eg. graphic design, animation studio. But we need to connect the students to people who can give them the kind of career guidance and support more affluent kids are able to take for granted.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Recruit mentors and create a report format for monitoring and evaluation.


    » Work with our trustee psychologist and the project leads to create a 'job' spec, advertise for and interview applicants.

    What success will look like

    We will recruit mentees who have achieved professional success and have reporting mechanisms that allow us to reflect on our progress and that of participants.

    Aim 2

    Train the mentors.


    » Conduct DBS checks, child protection training, review of our own child protection procedures, check insurance and hold mentor training day.

    What success will look like

    We will have robust procedures in place and mentors will feel confident that they know what is expected of them.

    Aim 3

    Recruit 5 mentees from previous projects


    » Identify those project participants with the most to gain, ask them to take part and match with suitable mentors.

    What success will look like

    We will have 5 mentees that have already shown promise.

    Aim 4

    Ensure regular meetings between mentors and mentees.


    » Experience says this may involve a lot liaison. It may involve providing transport costs and helping with suitable clothing, hygiene products.

    What success will look like

    The meetings will take place and the mentees will be able to follow through from articulating goals to achieving them.

    Aim 5

    Ensure monthly feedback from the mentors and mentee


    » Distribute and collect monitoring reports, do any needed practice adjustments, newsletter to donors. This too will involve a lot of liaison.

    What success will look like

    We will ensure that the reports are done and that mentors receive any feedback they need to hear. Our donors will receive regular updates and engage.

  • Impact


    Success will be mentees capable of setting goals and achieving them as well as being resilient enough to overcome obstacles. We will ask mentees to report to us beyond the pilot. The mentoring programme will be established with reporting mechanisms from the mentors and mentees to track their progress. Success will be PMH rolling out the programme and mentoring more young people.


    Our youths lead chaotic lives and we are reliant on an element of pro bono work both factors make administration time consuming and expensive. Mentees may require help with transport costs, food and suitable clothing. The budget maybe insufficient to service 10 mentors and mentees plus provide training. If so, we will be looking to raise further funds.


    We will provide a monthly update on mailchimp.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £4,500

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      Amount Heading Description
      £204 Aim 1 Recruit mentors
      £1,051 Aim 2 Review Child Protection Procedures, Training,DBS checks, Insurance, reporting formats
      £204 Aim 3 Recruit mentees & interview
      £1,333 Aim 4 Collation Mentor/Mentee Reports, Troubleshooting/Liaison/venues/refreshments/mileage
      £850 Aim 5 10 monthly reports to donors
      £408 Book Keeping Book Keeping & Financial Reports
      £450 Miscellaneous Appropriate clothing/stationery/hygiene products
  • Background


    We are based in Ramsgate which is fifth on the ONS ranking of deprivation in larger seaside destinations. Three of the seven wards are in the top decile on multiple indices of deprivation. Youth unemployment in Thanet is the highest in Kent. Youth services have been cut back while the need


    On our most recent project, all the students were pupil premium. Problems they have include poverty, insularity, parental mental health, physical disability, domestic violence and autism. These are the kids who are staying, not going away to uni. We want to be able to offer mentoring as a follow through on future projects because it is good for the students and good for Ramsgate’s future. If we don’t help them, they will become a problem. It is enlightened self-interest.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    “Our 6th Form students benefited from the guidance and collaborative working experience that you and your colleagues gave them. They became more self-assured, enthusiastic and engaged in their studies and it is with confidence that I can say their overall success was in part down to the involvement of Project Motorhouse,” Headmaster of Royal Harbour Academy, Simon Pullen.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Jo Mapp

    Our community liaison who also runs the well funky Ramsgate Music Hall, good on popular culture, a reformed thespian who's excellent with adolescents

    Wilhelmina Smallman

    She is going to lead the training of the mentors. She is a retired archdeacon of Southend and a former drama teacher.