We are delighted that the Big Lottery Reaching Communities Programme is funding Kirklees Youth Mentoring from December 2015 to November 2019.
This service will offer one to one mentoring support to children and young people and also work alongside schools to develop peer mentoring programmes.
Kirklees Youth Mentoring is for young people in Kirklees aged between 10 and 19 who are going through an unsettled period in their lives and have few positive adult relationships to support them. An adult mentor can provide informal, emotional and practical support. Mentoring can be long term support and can last up to 12 months where there are identified ongoing needs. Adult Mentors are qualified professionals or trained volunteers who spend time getting to know a young person and to help them think about their life. Acting as a positive role model for the young person the mentor’s role is to befriend, offer guidance, advocacy and support the young person hopefully helping them to move forward. The mentor and young person will agree how often they will be in touch, where they will meet and how the young person will benefit from them working together. Mentors may meet up with young people just to talk, to go to appointments or go to new places if that is what will help.
Mentoring can enable young people to deal with complex and distressing situations and get their life back on track. Mentors have helped young people who have become withdrawn and isolated, or those who are having difficulties with school or college. It is practical, flexible help from someone who sees you as a person, not as a problem.
If you are a secondary school interested in setting up a peer mentoring service please email email@example.com