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Groups and activities

Young people matched with a mentor or accepted onto our waiting list can access a range of free activities throughout the year

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Activities for mentees

All young people being mentored can choose to join in with our group activities. For mentees aged 11 and older, these usually run weekly in termtime, early evening. For primary aged mentees we run activity days in school holidays, and these are also offered to our older young people.

We provide transport both ways so everyone can get to activities. Groups are run by our professionals so there will always be a familiar face, and groups are small and well supported. Sometimes we will be in Riverside trying out things like cookery, sport or gardening.

Other times we go out and about and specialist group leaders help us do things, from bushcraft to quad biking to falconry. In every group activity, you always get to choose what you do and there’s no pressure so you can try something new – you might be great at it, and if not, you’ll have fun giving it a go.

Let your mentor or practitioner know if you’d like to try out an activity session.

Participation groups

Our mentees often want to stay involved with Mentoring Plus after their mentoring year ends. A good way to do this is to come along to Youth Reps, our group which makes sure young people (age 14+) can co-design our activities and our service. This weekly group gets involved with local groups, does fundraising, raises the profile of young people’s needs and speaks on behalf of the charity, with our support. We also make sure we have a good chat, share food and look after one another. Transport is provided.

Another group for all our mentees identifying as female is our Girls’ Group, currently meeting monthly to support each other, learn about and raise awareness of issues and meet inspirational female role models. Having fun and sharing food is important too! Transport is provided.

Let your mentor or practitioner know if you’d like to try out a participation group.

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What mentoring can bring to you

A special relationship

Build a trusting relationship with your mentor over a year of meeting and doing things together

A time and space to talk

Mentors aren’t there to judge, or to fix things. They’re there to listen and encourage

A pathway forward

Our mentors can help young people with practical things like homework and interview skills

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Youth Clubs

Our open-access youth clubs run in termtimes on Wednesday and Thursday evenings, 6.30-8.30pm at Riverside Youth Hub. You don’t need to be a mentee – youth club is for everyone. Youth Mentor Amy is always on hand with her team to welcome newcomers, but you can contact us if you’d like to speak to her before coming along. Mentors often bring young people for a taster session to see if they like it.

Youth clubs are for 11-19 year olds and they are open access, so you can come and go as you please. There’s always a choice of activities like games, art, xbox, pool and football, or just come and have a chat. We often choose something we want to cook, buy the ingredients, make it and eat it together.

In school holidays we always run daytime sessions for regular members, from wildlife spotting to sport to arts and crafts, often as guests in brilliant local settings such as Bath Rugby, the egg theatre or Holburne Museum.

We invite a 50p donation to attend youth club, but if you happen to forget, don’t worry. Transport is not provided for youth clubs.