Young Minds Matter Mentoring

Giving Young People a Voice

We provide 1:1 mentoring sessions for young people, free of charge. Most students attend a weekly session with one of our experienced and qualified mentors. Our mentors provide a safe space in which a young person can share any anxieties or concerns that they might be experiencing. We work closely with schools to ensure that the young person is supported holistically, with support from other mental health professionals and collaborations with like-minded organisations if necessary.

If needed, we can also work with other people in a young person’s life to help build an effective support network for them, such as parents and carers, siblings, or school support staff and teachers.

Challenges young people face might include:

  • Anxiety and low mood
  • Anger management and behaviour
  • Body image
  • Bullying
  • Confidence and self-esteem
  • Exam stress
  • Family and friendships
  • Self-harm
  • Depression

Our mentors…

  • Are safe and experienced adults who genuinely care about supporting young people
  • Have undertaken our bespoke training programme run by our Training Consultant, Suzie Winter.
  • Have been checked with The Disclosure and Barring Service (Enhanced check with barred lists)
  • Receive safeguarding training which is refreshed annually
  • Receive ongoing training throughout their time as a mentor 

To read more about our individual mentors, please click here

Families and schools

We can 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

How it works

Mentoring for your school can be requested by emailing eliza@ymm.org.uk, who will discuss options with you. Once we have your school on board, we will ask the school or parent to complete a referral form for the student.  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 our 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 our mentor will review the process and discuss the next steps for the young person.