Young Minds Matter Mentoring

Walking alongside young people

Life isn’t always a smooth ride

And we shouldn’t pretend that it is

We’re here to help you navigate your journey

Wherever you’re going

Through our mentoring and social and emotional learning arm YM3, we are on a mission to ensure young people have a safe, accessible and effective support network in their daily lives and to provide additional support where needed.


Through our mentoring service, we provide a safe time and place for a young person to tell their story and work out how they want things to be different. We support young people with whatever challenges they are struggling with and help them develop their skills and support network, so they are more able to cope in the future.

These challenges might include:

  • anxiety and low mood
  • anger management and behaviour
  • body image
  • bullying
  • confidence and self-esteem
  • exam stress
  • family and friendships
  • self-harm

Our mentors…

  • are safe and experienced adults, with big hearts, who care deeply about supporting young people
  • have been checked with The Disclosure and Barring Service (Enhanced check with barred lists)
  • receive safeguarding training which is refreshed annually
  • receive 1:1 and group supervision

The mentoring journey

Mentoring can be requested by completing our simple referral form and, once received, we will arrange to discuss it with you to ensure we have a full understanding of the young person’s story. If we are able to help, we will assign a mentor and arrange the first mentoring session with you.

In the first mentoring session, our mentor will introduce themselves and explain what YM3 mentoring is all about, including how we manage confidentiality and safeguarding. They’ll seek to get to know the young person and gently explore what they might like from mentoring.

During subsequent mentoring sessions, our mentor will continue to build rapport with the young person and provide guidance and support to help them achieve their goals.

At the end of mentoring, which can last for as long as the young person needs, our mentor will review their journey together and look to the future which we hope will be happier and healthier.

Families and schools

We also work with other people in a young person’s life to help build an effective support network for them. These might include:

  • parents and carers
  • siblings and other family members
  • school support staff, teachers and leadership teams


We are developing our social and emotional learning programme ARKS, which we will deliver to groups of young people to help develop their skills and capabilities.


A school class who ACCEPT, RESPECT and are KIND to each other, and keep each other SAFE, regardless of their gender, background, beliefs, persuasions, likes, dislikes…

Then imagine that in a family, immediate and extended.

And then imagine all the young people (and their families) in…

A school year
A school
A community
A village
A town
A city
A country…

If we could all ACCEPT, RESPECT and be KIND to each other, and keep each other SAFE, imagine the positive impact that would have on the mental and physical health of our young people.

If you would like to know more about ARKS, please get in touch.

Mentoring + ARKS

We hope that our combined approach of providing reactive mentoring and support when it’s needed, and proactive education to try and prevent or alleviate future “bumps in the road”, is a model that will have a deep and long lasting impact on the mental and physical health of our young people.