Mentors

Information for mentors

Thank you for being a mentor. Your time, commitment and skills are making a huge difference to a young person, and we’re privileged to have you on board.

We’re here to support your mentoring relationship all the way. If you have any concerns, major or minor, please contact your practitioner as soon as possible.

Mentoring plus group activities

Mentoring Plus runs a variety of after school activities for young people and their mentors to attend together. Small group activities have included: quad biking, rowing, gardening, photography, art, video-making, football, digital music, hip hop, spoken word poetry, farm visits, baking, filming, drama, panto, clay pigeon shooting, paintball, forest school, visits to country estates, kayaking, lantern making, assault courses and go-karting.

A new programme is scheduled at the start of each term and we always try to run a good balance of sports, arts, practical and social activities. Please email Jim Noke for the latest programme of activities. 

Activity ideas and places to visit in Bath and beyond

There are plenty of other activities mentors and mentees can get involved with together in and around the B&NES area. Please see our list below for some ideas and if you have any suggestions that are not featured here, please email them to us!

You can also download more suggestions for Bath-based activities here.

Or,  for activities further afield in BaNES, you might like to download this handy guide.

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Find out more about the mentoring process

Find out more about mentoring on the volunteering page or video gallery, discover how mentoring works or learn how we’re run.

General activities

the egg, Theatre Royal Bath – Ticket Deal

£5 for x2 tickets for mentors and mentees to watch shows at the egg young people’s theatre, Theatre Royal Bath – subject to availability.

For info on productions visit http://www.theatreroyal.org.uk/page/3030/the+egg.

To book please call Lindsay Baker on 01225 823409 or e-mail Lindsay.baker@theatreroyal.org.uk.

Do also look out for Bath Festivals and other ticket offers by ‘liking’ our Facebook page.

BANES Discovery Card

Residents of BANES can use their Discovery Card to gain free or discounted access to a long list of museums, galleries and attractions. Under-16s can accompany any card-holding adult.

National Trust

The National Trust have agreed to let you and your mentee in for free (please contact us if you are planning a trip and we can send you confirmation that you are with Mentoring Plus). The Abbey at Lacock is where they filmed Harry Potter, or see life below stairs at Dyrham Park. Other ideas available on the National Trust website.

Bath City Football Club

Bath City Football Club have very kindly agreed that mentors and their mentees can get free entry into home games at Twerton Park. You can check out fixtures at bathcityfc.com and then e mail us at info@mentoringplus.net. We can then organise for you to collect your free ticket!

Cinema

The Little Theatre Cinema

ODEON Bath

Kingsmead Complex, James Street West, Bath. T: 08712 244007 
www.odeon.co.uk/fanatic/film_times/s65/Bath

Showcase Cinemas

St. Philips Causeway, Avon Meads, Bristol. T: 08712 201000
 
www.showcasecinemas.co.uk

Vue Cinemas

Kingswood Aspects Leisure Park, Bristol. T: 08712 240240 


www.myvue.com

Outdoor activities

Wellow Trekking Centre

Perhaps have a go at horse riding? Wellow do a 1/2 hour walk along the lane – to be accompanied by the mentor on foot – for £10 and after the 1/2 hour the young person can untack and groom the horse 

www.wellowtrekking.com

Bath Cats and Dogs Home

Walking a dog can be a great way to spend a bit of quality time together in the lovely countryside around Bath and offer a great opportunity to listen.
www.bathcatsanddogshome.org.uk

Bizarre Bath

The Comedy Walk around the city of Bath.
 www.bizarrebath.co.uk

Bowling

Bowlplex Bowling Bristol

Aspects Leisure Park, Longwell Green, Bristol. T:01179 610000
www.bowlplex.co.uk

Hollywood Bowl Bristol

Avonmeads Retail Park, St Philips Marsh, Bristol. T:01179 771777
www.hollywoodbowl.co.uk

Sport

Aquaterra

Leisure facilities in Bath including swimming, sports facilities, gyms and the Approach golf course. 
www.aquaterra.org/bath-sports-and-leisure-centre

Other ideas for activities and things to do together

  • Ice creams or milkshakes
  • Noodles
  • Tea and cakes
  • Fishing
  • A walk with a camera to take pictures of great views
  • Play pool – try BowlPlex (details above) or Adventure Cafe on George Street
  • A picnic
  • Fruit picking
  • Lavender Farm
  • Gardening on a community allotment or orchard
  • Dog walking (contact the Bath Dogs and Cats Home for details of their volunteer walking)
  • Wellow Trekking Centre is open to volunteers going along and helping with the horses, please call or email to check and they are usually happy to accommodate.

Mentoring expenses

Every mentor is entitled to an allowance of £35 per month to pay for refreshments and activities with their mentee, if you provide receipts and submit a completed expenses claim every month. You can also claim mileage allowance for car journeys with your mentee.

Please download our Volunteer Expenses Form (.xls) and complete it in Excel if possible. You can print it and send it with your receipts, or email it to Rachel Harris and post receipts to Rachel separately (address in page footer). Please ensure you include your contact details.

Please ensure your name and address are filled in on the form, and are also included with the receipts if posted separately.

In order to manage our outgoings, regrettably we cannot carry forward any unused allowance into the following calendar month.