Project information

The Lean on Me Programme

A one-to-one mentoring programme designed to empower young people to make positive choices and raise their aspirations. Young people are matched with a suitable mentor who will provide targeted emotional and practical support to meet agreed social, educational and employment focussed targets.

This is an on going project

Charity information: Future Skills Training

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  • Need

    Need

    Many disaffected young people lack positive role models who are able to empower and support them as they grow into adults. Combined with other adverse factors this can lead to little aspirations and low self-esteem, poor educational achievement, inadequate personal and social skills, a lack of meaningful and supportive relationships and therefore little hope of a future.

    Solution

    Through a one-to-one mentoring programme. Young people will be matched with a mentor who will meet with them regularly to build a trusting relationship enabling them to encourage, support and challenge the young people in areas most needed. As the relationship builds the young people will be encouraged to set targets for them to achieve both during the mentoring period and when this has finished. We intend to mentor between 10 and 20 young people per year.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    All mentees engage in positive activities

    Activities

    » Meeting with mentor regularly to discuss concerns, hopes and any current issues impacting their lives.
    » Engaging in a sporting activity together
    » Cooking and eating a meal together on site at Future Skills
    » Mentees receiving advice and guidance from their mentors

    Success will be at least 70% of mentees producing action plans, feeding back positively about their mentoring sessions, and sessions happening regularly.


    Aim 2

    All mentees increase their self-confidence and enthusiasm and feel more able to achieve

    Activities

    » Mentors help mentees with applications for further education or employment opportunities
    » Mentors give mentees encouragement
    » Mentors give mentees practical assistance
    » Mentors listen to mentees without judging them in any way

    Success will be at least 70% of mentees applying for educational and employment options, increasing their number of interests and widening their friendship circles


    Aim 3

    All mentees develop healthier lifestyles

    Activities

    » Mentors and mentees cook and eat a meal together on site at Future Skills
    » Mentors assist their mentees with developing their personal skills
    » Mentors give mentees encouragement
    » Mentors give mentees advice and guidance

    Success will be at least 70% of mentees pursuing educational and social goals, improving their diets and increasing the amount of regular exercise they engage in.


    Aim 4

    Mentees set and work towards educational, social and employment targets

    Activities

    » Mentors give mentees practical assistance
    » Mentors help mentees with applications for further education or employment opportunities
    » Mentors give mentees advice and guidance
    » Mentors assist their mentees with developing their personal and social skills

    Success will be at least 70% of mentees pursuing educational, social and employment goals and 70% of mentees gaining educational placements and employment.


    Aim 5

    Mentees improve their personal and social skills

    Activities

    » Mentors give their mentees advice and guidance
    » Mentees receive personal and social skills training

    Success will be at least 70% of mentees improve their ability to think for and look after themselves and develop and maintain fulfilling relationships with family and friends


  • Impact

    Impact

    Potentially many young people achieving educational, social and employment goals, leading to a reduction in the number of young people engaging in criminal activity and anti-social behaviour.
    Young people developing personal and social skills through new experiences and gaining a sense of achievement meaning that they are more able to lead productive and fulfilling lives.

    Risk

    Young people could be difficult to engage and progress and mentoring relationships may not work.
    The programme is effectively managed with lots of support for the mentors plus all mentors are assessed and trained.

    Reporting

    Reports will be emailed or posted as required

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £14,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £5,200 Expenses £10 per mentoring session per young person for activities and refreshments plus learning tools
      £6,055 Project Management Mentoring by 2 FST staff, meetings, supporting mentors, and other office costs
      £1,745 G&SD Governance and strategic development
      £1,000 Training Mentor training course
  • Background

    Location

    The project is based in Wandsworth in South West London. Wandsworth is a diverse borough with some great wealth but also areas which are among the 20 percent most deprived in England. These include Lower Layer Super Output Areas within the wards of Latchmere, Queenstown and Roehampton. Based on the 2001 census Wandsworth’s BME population is over 57,000 from a total population of just over 260,000.

    Beneficiaries

    Young people in Wandsworth who struggle to access mainstream opportunities either through a lack of finance or through a lack of adult support and signposting.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Combined the team has over 21 years experience of working with disaffected and challenging young people. This has informed our belief that relationship is key to everything we do, and not just building positive, trusting relationships with the young people, but also with parents, carers and other professionals involved in a young persons life. This holistic approach is vital in empowering a young person to grow and develop positively leading to the best possible outcomes for them.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.

    People

    Phil Thain

    Phil oversees the whole project and brings many years of experience managing staff, volunteers and supporting young people.

    Sarah Bray

    Supports the admin part of the project and will mentor 2 young people.