Mentoring usually lasts about a year. At the beginning, you’ll meet someone from Mentoring Plus who will find out what you’d like to get out of it, and you’ll make a personal plan. We’ll match you with a mentor who we think will like doing similar things, or who has a personality we think you’ll get along with.
You’ll be asked how you feel about your strengths and things affecting your life. As mentoring goes on, you’ll be asked to think about some of these things again, so you can see what’s changed.
Towards the end of the year, we’ll work with you and your mentor to think about how you’ve got on, make a next steps plan, and decide if you would like any more help and support afterwards.
“Mentoring Plus is a life-changing charity”. In this video young people working with Mentoring Plus talk about changes they’d like to make, advice they’d offer their peers, and the difference volunteer mentors have made to them.
Hear it from Sophie
“My name is Sophie, I’m 18.
When I first got mentored, I would hardly go out of my bedroom. I was like the classic emo girl on the corner, not speaking to anyone. I was in such a dark place, I was becoming someone I didn’t want to be and I was really desperate.
Some of the people here were in trouble at school or with the police, but when you talk to them it’s because they’re having a hard time at home, or they’ve got into bad stuff. We’ve got people who have tried to take their own life and self-harmed. Quite a lot have been in care and some others are looking after their mum or dad who are ill or can’t manage.
I’ve been mentored and honestly it has saved my life. With mentors I was able to go out in public again and talk to people and feel normal.
I’m at college now and one day I want to help young people who have been through things like I have.
Mentoring Plus has helped me feel like a normal, bubbly, average girl again and that’s something I never, ever thought would happen.”
Hear it from Bobby
My name’s Bobby and I’m 14. I got involved with mentoring because I got referred from school to come here. I had a chat with John and he told me all about it. It’s been great.
Me and my mentor have played pool, watched films at the Odeon, played football and played basketball. I’ve been to drama activities, vocational skills and been to Jamie’s Farm which was the best, I’m going again at half term.
My mentor is OK to talk to. She sometimes asks me stuff like “Which would you rather be, this or that?” so we get to talk about all kinds of things.
Since I’ve had a mentor, I feel different about the future and how we live. I can see things how different people see them.
In the future, I would like to be able to have a good life and get a good job. I want to be prepared for after school, job wise and other stuff.