Young Minds Matter Mentoring

Giving Young People a Voice

Please note that due to Covid-19 we are currently evaluating our mentoring service to ensure that it is as effective as possible. We aim to be restarting our mentoring service in April 2021. If you would like to receive this service in your school then, please get in touch to register your interest. 

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 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, including with the Zero Suicide Alliance and The Charlie Waller Trust

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

How it works

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 situation. 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.