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Mentoring Plus Awarded Vital Commission

Mentoring Plus is delighted to have been awarded another 3-year commission from BathNES Council to deliver early help volunteer mentoring to young people across the county.

The commission, won in a competitive tender process, starts in April 2021. It allows the charity to continue uninterrupted service to a caseload of at least 30 young people aged 11-21. This continuity is significant at a time when so many are feeling the effects of repeated lockdowns, in addition to other challenges they already faced.

Executive Director Ruth Keily commented:  “We are fortunate to live in a county where the local authority is still funding preventative work – it’s not the case everywhere. BathNES Council has consistently done so, including by commissioning us to train, support and safeguard adult volunteers to mentor young people since 2005.”

“As a charity we’re able to fundraise to co-fund this work, to more than double the reach and impact of council taxpayers’ money. It’s also great to help build knowledge and confidence in our community, giving our young people their best chance of hope and happiness.”

Mentoring Plus also supports volunteer mentoring for 7-11 year olds, co-funded by local primary schools and charitable sources, and provides professional mentors for higher-need young people, mainly funded from EHCPs.

The charity holds a second local authority commission to provide the Student & Family Support service, helping students to re-access education following low attendance, hospital or home education, exclusion or managed moves between schools. This 3-year commission has been extended for a further two years from September 2021.

Head of Practice Kev Long adds: “It’s great to know my team’s hard work and skills are being recognised, and that we can plan ahead to ensure we reach as many young people struggling with education, family difficulties and wellbeing as possible. We’ve got a positive relationship with our commissioning officers, who offer us no end of support and advice as well as scrutiny to keep us accountable, and backup for our safeguarding procedures.”