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Vacancies: three new practitioner roles

Demand for our services has never been higher. To help us build capacity, we have the following new Mentoring Practitioner vacancies: Schools services, 30h/wk Volunteer mentoring, 16h/wk Participation / youth work, 12h/wk There may be scope to combine two of these roles. If you are interested in doing so, please complete a separate application for each role, and indicate on your application whether or not you would like to combine them, or are only interested in a combined role. Would you like to join an award-winning and ambitious community charity that’s making a difference for children and young people? Mentoring...
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Join us for stress-free Saturday 🧘‍♀️

Join us on Saturday the 14th of September for a relaxing day of yoga with Becki Fox, a home – cooked vegetarian lunch and a 2 hour textile based workshop with local artist Edwina Bridgeman.   The textile workshop is inspired by the Unconscious Landscape exhibition at Hauser and Wirth. You can choose to try out felting or cross-stitching (all materials provided). The afternoon will end at about 3.30pm after tea and home-made cake! Interested? Find out more and book your space!  Parking is free (or buses stop in London Rd). Cost £55 per person (£50 for mentors)

Could you be our Fundraising/Community Development Assistant?

Mentoring Plus is a small, ambitious charity supporting children and young people across Bath & NE Somerset who face significant challenges such as school exclusion, family breakdown, risk of offending or emotional harm. We provide trained volunteer mentors, professional support and skills-building activities to help young people feel happier, stay out of trouble, engage with education and pursue positive new interests. Vision A community in which all children and young people thrive Mission       To inspire our community to raise the aspirations of our young and most vulnerable, because all children have the right to be safe and...
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Join us for some rowing and/or film-making this summer

As it’s summer, we have our annual visit to Minerva Rowing Club, where we’ll be using their world class quad rowing boats to explore up the river! Following this, in the first week of the school holidays, we’ll be spending 3 days working alongside a great film-making team to create a documentary. Last year was a zombie apocalypse movie, so this year promises to be just as much fun! As always, these will be completely free and are open to all our young people, either currently being mentored, or on our waiting list. All young people of any ability are welcome,...
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Pedal power and padded shorts for volunteers, young people and staff!

We’d love you to show Charlie, Stan,Tony, Robert, Jamie and Becki huge amounts of support as they push those pedals up to 80 miles as part of Bike Bath. Some of our volunteers, staff, and young people are taking to their bikes to raise funds for our services to support and inspire young people in the local area — the fourth year we’ll be  fielding a mentor/mentee pair at the popular cycling sportive, Bike Bath. We’re delighted to be named as the supported charity for Bike Bath 2019. In the past we’ve welcomed teams from local businesses Wild & Wolf, Apple and Altus, and we’d...
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We need to invest more in the wellbeing of children

75 local head teachers wrote to parents about a funding crisis in schools this week, warning of the impact on students. There’s a summary and a response from the Dept for Education in the Bath Chronicle. What does this mean for the young people we support? Mentoring Plus Schools Services Lead Practitioner Kev Long commented: “We know beyond doubt from our work that the level of need in schools supporting students’ pastoral, additional and wellbeing needs is growing, and the level of resources available is too low. That means our more vulnerable learners suffer the most. “Mentoring Plus is working...
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Gardening and forest activities in May

Gardening Where? Riverside, Bath When? May 21st 4:50pm – 6pm Forest activities Where? The Cherry Tree Project, Marshfield, Bath When? May 28th 10:30am – 1:30pm Interested?  Email Jim to book in or find out more (note, we will allocate places on a first-come, first-served basis). As always, we can help with lifts to and from activities. Mentors, looking for other activities in Bath and NE Somerset? Take a look at our mentors’ page.    

Could you support our work as a Trustee?

At Mentoring Plus we’re privileged to be supported by a committed Board of skilled Trustees, helping to set our strategy, advise on our practice and keep us accountable on behalf of our supporters. We’d like to grow the size of the Board to ensure we have the right representation of skills, and are currently seeking individuals with particular expertise in two areas: fundraising, and managing a property (planning for development, building hire income, etc). Could you volunteer your time and expertise to help this established, ambitious youth charity strengthen its practice and impact, directly benefiting vulnerable young people across Bath...
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Join Bike Bath and support more of our young people in the community

We’re chuffed to be Bike Bath’s chosen charity this year 🙂 30th June 2019 3 routes available: 25, 50 or 80 miles Tony, a mentor for 3 years, cycled the 50 miles with his mentee, Charlie, last year. “We took on the 50 miles which as it turns out is quite a long way – my mentee Charlie is a young teenager and he put in an amazing effort on a demanding course we completed it in about four and a half hours.  It wasn’t just the roads that had ups and downs along the way but we made it!...
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Our youth reps are raising funds for a residential this summer

You can support them by donating — or coming to a fund-raising event!     Our fantastic group of Mentoring Plus youth reps need your help to enable 10 young people to go on a residential break with PGL in Dorset this August. The youth reps would like the younger mentees to benefit from the trip — developing life skills, building teamwork, providing a safe space to be nurtured and helping them to express their feelings and emotions. Two of the youth reps will go along as peer mentors, supporting other young people and sharing the experience. Please donate what...
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An invitation to tea at Highgrove

In February we were delighted to have our impact recognised in an award from The Prince of Wales’s Charitable Fund. In Jamie’s words, this grant will “Help towards the cost of recruiting and training adult volunteer mentors, who help us support children and young people across our county struggling with school, family difficulties or mental wellbeing. Our mentors make an incredible difference to each young person, building confidence and aspirations, keeping them safe and helping them plan for a positive future.” Jamie and Steph were invited to Highgrove Royal Gardens for a spring walk and some afternoon tea this month...
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Fundraise whilst eating and shopping with Riverford

Fundraise whilst eating and shopping! Mentoring Plus has just joined Riverford’s “Veg Fund” – a partnership scheme for charities, which helps us to raise funds and raise awareness of healthy eating. Riverford’s local team will make a £25 donation to Mentoring Plus for each new customer connected to us. Riverford delivers seasonal, organic veg boxes to your door. Veg boxes are a really easy and ethical way to buy your veg: you’re buying direct from the farmer, there’s a huge amount less plastic than in the supermarket, and organic farming protects the environment. Delivery is free, and there’s no minimum...
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Our Volunteer Mentoring Lead Practitioner Katy Massey has been recognised as one of the West’s 100 most inspirational women!

Our Volunteer Mentoring Lead Practitioner Katy Massey has been recognised as one of the West’s 100 most inspirational women Katy is totally inspirational. She is passionate about empowering women, and, over the past three years, has redefined how Mentoring Plus works with local young girls facing significant challenges. Her energy, determination, humour and drive make her an inspirational young role model for the girls on our project, as does her seniority in the organisation as one of the youngest members of our team. She has made us a more inclusive, considered and pro-active organisation, meaning, specifically, that more girls access...
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Ready for a mental challenge? Come along to Quiz Night!

So excited to announce our first ever Quiz Night. Together with our partner West of England Mentoring, we promise an evening of fun, friendly competition, delicious food, a raffle and bar. Come along with colleagues, friends or family and raise money to train and support our mentors working with young people in our community. We look forward to seeing you! Click here to book or, email Steph for more info!  Tickets £12 each. All welcome (18+) 

Anyone for tennis?

Time to rally the troops and serve some support to local young people having a tough time. What’s not to love? Another first for Mentoring Plus — our first ever charity tennis tournament, with scrummy lunch included To enter, please email Steph by 20th May! All the details are below, and you can download a copy of the leaflet to share with friends and family here. We really hope you can join us!   We invite you to join us for a Ladies Doubles Tennis Tournament and lunch to be held at the Lansdown Club, Northfields Road, Bath, BA1 5TN....
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Art, football, paintball and more … activities update

We have all sorts of brilliant activities planned in the coming weeks! Get in touch with Jim to find out more about any of these activities.  Mixed sporting activity with Bath Rugby Foundation April 9th 1pm-3pm This will include sports such as football, rugby, rounders and much more. All standards, small groups and lots of encouragement. Paintball April 11th 11.30am-1.30pm Pit your wits against the staff and other young people in a friendly, high paced paintball battle! Art Activity 26th March, 2nd April 6-7.30pm Join us with the well-loved local artist Edwina Bridgeman, where we’ll be making a kindness symbol....
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Huge congrats to all our Bath Half runners!

What a team, what a day! Thank you all our amazing runners, home team and the Bath Half race organisers! Nice work too by our Youth Rep crew who volunteered as Racemakers handing out goodie bags to race finishers. Love our community.   Just a small selection of the 34 runners who ran for us this year! All for slightly different reasons but with the same fantastic goal of helping children and young people in the community having a tough time. To all our runners, whether you’re 17 or 71, ran a personal best, smashed the 2 hour target, managed...
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Success for the Mentoring Plus charity shop

Last October, our young people, volunteer mentors and the Mentoring Plus team worked hard to create a pop up charity shop and fashion show. Both of these were hugely successful  — raising funds, building skills and increasing awareness of the impact of mentoring.  We’re delighted and proud that our young people’s efforts have been recognised with an award and celebratory film made by Bath and North East Somerset Council. Watch the film to find out more …    

Could you be our Person Friday?

We’re an effective and ambitious local charity which delivers mentoring and activities for vulnerable 7 to 21 year olds across Bath and North East Somerset. Our vision is a community in which all young people thrive. Our mission is to inspire our community to raise the aspirations of our young and most vulnerable. Young people are referred to us struggling with significant challenges at home, in school and with peer groups. We offer them a mix of one to one mentoring from local volunteers with a wide range of positive activities. For the past twenty years our young people have...
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Our partner West of England Mentoring nominated for an award!

We’re delighted and proud to share the news that our partnership project, West of England Mentoring, has been nominated for a National Award. The partnership with Bristol-based mentoring charities Ablaze and Babbasa delivers group business mentoring in inspirational workplaces to pre-GCSE students across the region. The National Mentoring Awards give national public recognition to mentoring excellence, and West of England Mentoring has been shortlisted for Mentoring Programme of the Year. The awards are UK-wide, there are 3 shortlisted programmes and the award ceremony in London is on Friday 1st March. If you would like to find out more about the benefits of business...
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Upcoming activities

Upcoming activity sessions for young people Football training sessions We’d like to field a team for a tournament this summer. We’re looking for young people of any gender and ability level to join us in what will be a first for Mentoring Plus! Our first training session of the year will be between 6pm – 7pm on Weds Feb 27, at the Riverside HQ. Feb half term activity (secondaries) Young people can join us at Bath City Farm for a mixed session including tree planting, a farm tour (feeding animals), rope swings and more! The session will end in the woods...
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Sponsor our fab Bath Half runners

We have a brilliant team of nearly 30 runners taking part in this year’s Bath Half, including three of our fab staff, Jamie, Katy and Tim, who are running the Bath Half to raise funds for Mentoring Plus. The Half is our most significant community fundraiser, enabling us to match more young people with a mentor over the course of a year! If you’d like to support our super staff runners, please visit the links below to take you to their fundraising pages. Thank you! https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/jamie-luck4 https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/katy-massey1 https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/timgriffiths2019

Well done, Kev

We’re very proud of Kev Long, our Lead Practitioner for Schools Services, seen here (bottom right, in a suit and tie!) receiving his award from the Police & Crime Commissioner for his work supporting mentors and young people. Thanks to lovely mentor, John Harvey, for nominating Kev and accompanying him to the Police Headquarters in Portishead last week for the award ceremony. Well done, Kev.

The BIG GIVE Christmas Challenge 2018

Our #inspiringyounglives campaign goes live at 12 noon on 27 November, part of the national BIG GIVE online giving Christmas Challenge. Thanks to our generous local pledgers and our champion, The Four Acre Trust, we have a match funding pot of £2,000. That means that every pound donated between noon on 27 November and noon on 4 December will be DOUBLED. One donation, twice the impact. Here’s the link: https://tinyurl.com/mentoringplusthebiggive Your donation will help us to continue to recruit and train mentors to work alongside young people in our community who are facing tough challenges at home, in school or...
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Kindness Counts

In 2019, youth charity Mentoring Plus celebrates 21 years of supporting young people facing challenges across Bath & NE Somerset. To mark this milestone and celebrate National Kindness Day, the charity is announcing our Kindness Counts campaign. Our youth reps have called for a kinder education system as part of the young people’s manifesto, with flexibility, compassion and resource given to young people facing significant challenges. This year-long multi arts project by the young people of Mentoring Plus will celebrate how much kindness counts for us all, especially when we are struggling, and give everyone the opportunity to thank those whose kindness has really counted. The project, in our 21st...
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Freelance Youth Groups Assistant opportunity

Mentoring Plus offers regular activity group sessions to young people alongside mentoring, helping young people to try new things, build confidence, make new friends and connect with the community. We’re also committed to youth participation, and our award-winning Youth Reps advocacy group meets weekly in term time to represent young people, plan activities, promote youth interests more widely and gain valuable employability skills. We’re looking for a skilled, confident freelancer to support our regular youth groups, by arranging and providing car transport to and from Youth Reps venues for young people throughout Bath & NE Somerset. Groups are usually one...
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Could you help us with communications and fundraising?

We have a 6-month initial contract available for an experienced communications professional looking for flexible hours and rewarding work as part of our friendly Bath-based team. Why do we need this role? We have a constant need to attract adult volunteers to train as mentors, and are committed to giving young people a voice in campaigning for issues they feel passionate about. Our new commissioned service supports young people, families and schools with reintegration into education, and needs awareness-building. We also seek to grow our paid services activities which help fund our charitable work. This award-winning charity has an excellent...
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Inspiring Young Lives – pledges needed by 31 August

Can you pledge a minimum of £100 and see it grow up to four times that much? Mentoring Plus is taking part in the Big Give Christmas Challenge, the UK’s biggest online match funding campaign. We’re hoping to raise vital funds towards our ‘Inspiring Young Lives’ project and would like to invite you to support us as a Pledger. This project to recruit new inspirational mentors is critical to our work helping young people in our community facing significant challenges. In order to take part, we need to secure £1,000 in pledges from local businesses or individuals by 31 August....
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Mentoring Practitioner vacancies

Deadline now passed – thank you for all the brilliant applications! We’re recruiting Primary, Young People and Schools and Family Support Service Mentoring Practitioners – deadline 16th July 2018 About Mentoring Plus We’re an effective and ambitious local charity which delivers mentoring and activities for 7 to 21 year olds across Bath and North East Somerset facing significant challenges. We were recently awarded the Queens Award for Voluntary Service in recognition of the difference our service makes. Our vision is a community in which all young people thrive. Our mission is to inspire our community to raise the aspirations of...
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By Royal Appointment…

Mentor and trustee Simon travelled to London with peer mentor Bradley to attend a Royal Garden Party on behalf of Mentoring Plus, in recognition of the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service given to the charity. So… how did their day go? “12:43 and the Paddington train, comfortable first class courtesy of Great Western; both of us suited in shades of blue, Brad’s kindly loaned by Moss Bros in Milsom St. Taxi to the Palace, no buses or tubes for us today, where I decide small change cannot be allowed to spoil the lines of my suit and so give our...
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Vacancy: Volunteer Co-ordinator

Please note: Deadline now passed – thanks for all the applications! We’re recruiting a new part-time Volunteer Co-ordinator – deadline Mon 23 April 2018. Application downloads and details below! About us We’re an effective and ambitious local charity which delivers mentoring and activities for vulnerable 7 to 21 year olds across Bath and North East Somerset. Our vision is a community in which all young people thrive. Our mission is to inspire our community to raise the aspirations of our young and most vulnerable. Our model offers young people a mix of one to one mentoring from local volunteers with...
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Plus Club – November 20th, 27th, December 4th, 11th

What started as an idea, became something far greater, something that will leave and indelible stamp on Youth Reps, defining their mission as a vehicle for them, and service users to maximize their potential – welcome to the realm of the ‘Plus Club!’   The core objectives of the club were for it to be ‘young person led’ from its inception, right through to turning off the lights on the final evening – something we feel was far surpassed. From choosing practitioners, staff and activity ideas,to designing logos, creating parental consent letters and deciding on the cohort to invite! The...
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The Intern experience

Our departing US student intern Emily writes: “I had just about overcome my jet lag when I walked into Mentoring Plus thirteen weeks ago. I am an American university student studying abroad in Bath for the semester. Well, finishing up my semester actually. It is hard to believe that I will be flying out of Heathrow in just sixteen days. But back to thirteen weeks ago – I walked into a community charity where I would be interning for three months. I didn’t know what to expect on that first day, and you might think that it would have been...
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Supporting our vulnerable girls

Over 40 local professionals gathered on 8th November at the egg, Theatre Royal Bath, to explore how we identify and support girls in our care who need support. The key conclusions? Girls hugely value female-only time and space. They want support that’s light touch, offers active listening and is long term. They have plenty to contribute to adult training and practice development given the opportunity. Professionals ensuring girls’ voices are heard is critical to supporting them. For more information and verbatim quotes, download a short report (.pdf) from the conference here. The girls who bravely addressed the conference introduced a...
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The Bath Half Marathon thing…

Mentoring Plus director Jamie Luck was lucky enough to be invited to talk to charities supported by The Bath Half Marathon. As a runner himself and directing proceedings recruiting and supporting 30 or so other fit people to support our work by running for us every year, he had a personal perspective to offer about this iconic sporting event. “Mentoring Plus is a small to medium sized B&NES based charity. We recruit, train and support community volunteers to mentor local children and young people. We’ve been involved with Bath Half for over five years and have grown our running team...
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Walking the walk – connecting our communities

Staff and volunteers are walking the walk with a sponsored Autumn walk in aid of Mentoring Plus starting from Riverside Youth Hub on Sat 4th Nov 2017. Starting at 9.30am there will be a choice of length of walk, ending back at Riverside with coffee, cake and/or soup. The longest walk will be to Keynsham, along the river, approx. 10 miles (we aim to walk 100 miles between us!). Please, join us, sponsor us, and share our page – https://localgiving.org/charity/mentoringplus/ Do it soon! Donations hub Local Giving will match any £10 donation made on Tuesday 17th Oct and for the next couple of days (until...
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Youth Reps – September 11th & 18th

After the long, lazy, hazy hiatus that is summer, it was time to dust off the cobwebs and get back to where we left off! With our young people spread over residential’s, family holidays and positive engagement with NCS, it was good to have everyone back in one piece and in fine fetter for the year ahead. The prerogative of the group this season is to plan, design and co – manage a ‘homework club’, which will provide a safe, happy and positive space for young people to access extra curricular help with the core subjects and more. With the...
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Youth Reps – June / July

Apologies are in order for the aloofness of our posts – in the absence of our updates, life has carried on, with many new events, finishing of projects and the annual Youth Reps excursion! Please see below for a short account of what’s been happening:   Annual Celebration Event: This year saw our team take on a more involved part in the running of the evenings, with their very own sub – room, where they did tremendously well in selling Youth Reps to the uninitiated (mentors / mentees) and letting people know how they can get involved in fundraising. This...
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CPD conference: supporting our vulnerable girls

“I’d like teachers to get us to check in with a score of how we are that day” “I hate when people say ‘oh it’s just how girls are’” “I’d like positive and powerful women to come in and talk at school” “Being different makes you an outcast” Want to know how vulnerable girls feel? The ones who don’t make trouble and don’t ask for help, but are desperately in need of support? You can hear from them directly as part of our Supporting Vulnerable Girls CPD Conference on Weds 8th November 2017. Mentoring Plus has been supporting children and...
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Youth Reps – April 25th & May 2nd

Welcome back to the latest edition of the Youth Reps blog! Here’s what our team have been up to in the last two meetings: April 25th: Please see below for an session brief, drawn up by a group of Bath Spa students who visited to conduct some research: “Our current idea is to do a collage task, which will involve two separate collages one with the theme being ‘My life before Mentoring Plus’ and ‘My life now’. The idea behind this, is hopefully to pull out some themes and ultimately descriptors which the Youth Reps identify themselves, which will contribute...
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Youth Reps

Hi All, please accept my utmost apologies in being less than on the ball with the blog. It’s been an incredibly busy period, all of which has been super positive!   In the last post we introduced bona fide blogs from our young people – this is in essence part of the groups drive in an effort to become more self – produced and give them the power to lead from the front. Basically less from me and more from where it counts! Please see below for an account of two of our recent sessions. From young people, for young...
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Our Wellbeing Plus Weekend

Mentoring Plus is all about improving wellbeing for young people. What better way to raise much-needed funds than to offer a women’s weekend away – one that’s all about their wellbeing too? Join us on 5th-7th May 2017 at the Gold Award five star Llangattock Mountain YHA near Crickhowell in the beautiful Brecon Beacons National Park, where we have sole use of this beautiful eco-friendly lodge. Friday 5th May Arrive from 4pm to welcoming choice of teas and cakes. Settle into your en-suite room, sleeping 4 or 6 in full size comfortable bunks. Yogadoo founder Lucy Aston will lead an...
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Youth Reps – Feb 21st & 28th

Feb 21st:   Tonight was all about getting the the bottom of how we define Youth Reps and how we explain it to other young people – this came about after one of our group said “I never know what to say when mates ask me what we do in Youth Reps.” See below for the thoughts:   We are a group of young people who’ve been supported by Mentoring Plus. We help Mentoring Plus with ideas/ways to support young people better. We plan, organise and run projects that empower young people who’ve faced significant challenges to make the community...
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Youth Reps – Community Awards 2017

Hi all, its been an unusually quiet patch in the world of Youth Reps, but fear not, we have news, and not just any news…we’re WINNERS! Like they didn’t know that anyway… In recognition of the amazing, tireless work the group did in the setting up and running of the charity shop, they won the annual Chairmans Award! This was in the category of “Young Volunteer Group”, and was played out at a glitzy ceremony at Bath Guildhall. Did I hear you say we’re in Bath life magazine??     https://issuu.com/mediaclash/docs/bl333_final See below for our impressive write up: Winner –...
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Youth Reps – Jan 10th & 17th

Happy New Year!! Time to build upon some of the great things accomplished last year and take the group from strength to strength into 2017… Jan 10th: This session was the culmination of the 100% effort exerted in the first two workshops with Rebecca – Ladies and gentlemen I give you the ‘piece de resistance’, i.e, the grand finale – ‘All the Journeys I Never Took’ , the performance! Please see below for a snap shot of the evening – both in video and verse!     Feeling Lonely.. I remember catching my old house on fire as I couldn’t...
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Dec 13th – It’s Chrissssmasss!

We Couldn’t help but squeezing in one more guest before we bid farewell to 2016 – please step forward Charlotte, who dropped by to debrief on the recent TEDx talks! Four of our young people attended the recent conference and detailed how much inspiration they’d took away. Please take a look at the below link to give you a better flavour of what TEDx is all about: https://www.ted.com/about/our-organization With Charlotte’s support, we asked the young people these questions: Who were your favourite talks and why? Jacob – “because he turned his life around” Restorative justice talk. Wonky Veg – “they...
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Youth Reps – Nov 29th & Dec 6th

Nov 29th: Tonight was an invitation for mentors, young people and staff to come together for mentors skills sharing – with the hot discussion being about youth reps, the below makes for some interesting and very relevant reading: Session 1 – This allowed all to share the same room and hear these questions being targeted at Jim, Katy and Brad: What is Youth Reps? Why does it exist? Who is it for? What does it add to Mentoring Plus? Why do mentors need to know about it? Session 2 – Y Reps and Pop Up Shop. Discussed in a similar...
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Youth Reps – Nov 15th & 22nd

Time to get back into the flow of the fortnightly blog – apologies for the inconsistent publications of late, I will try harder! 15th Nov To wet your appetite, I’ll blow your mind with some of the juicier segments of our final report from the charity shop – this was completed with the trusty help of our young people and came from a reflective session two weeks ago: Positive Outcomes (young people’s) ·        Gave us an opportunity to be involved and run a project ·        “Allowed me to do things I’d usually be worried about” ·        Giving YP a different...
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New fundraising role vacancy

Grants & Trusts Manager – 18 month fixed term contract, 20 hrs per week For the past 18 years Mentoring Plus has worked across BathNES to support children and young people facing significant challenges. Alongside commissioning from our local council, over recent years demand for our service has led to a gradual expansion of our work. Our staff and trustee team are keen to sustain our core programme whilst exploring new avenues to connect young people with their community. We are recruiting for a Grants & Trusts Manager to sustain and grow our current income base from restricted income sources...
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