Supporting young people with more complex circumstances
This provision is for young people aged 5-25 whose circumstances are often more complicated than those who qualify to access our Volunteer Mentoring service.
This project is popular for students struggling with school attendance or refusing school altogether. A mentor can win trust and build a relationship encouraging a young person to leave home, try new things, have educational experiences and enjoy pursuing their own positive interests.
Cost of the service:
Dependant on the location of the young person, mentoring sessions start at £110 per session and we ask for a minimum of 14 sessions (2 school terms) commitment. Mentoring sessions can be up to 2.5/3 hours long dependent on engagement.
What Mentoring Plus will provide as part of the service:
- A mentor who has been recruited following B&NES Council safer recruitment guidelines, and trained to follow Mentoring Plus policies in child safeguarding and safer working practise as audited by B&NES Council
- A practitioner to support professional / inter and multi-agency processes and ‘systemic engagement’
- Weekly / monthly mentoring progress reports
- Links to free out of school Mentoring Plus activities for as appropriate
Young people are best supported with a team of professionals around them. Because of this, Professional Mentoring cannot take referrals directly from parents/carers. We are more than happy to have a conversation with parents/carers, however we would encourage them to speak to a designated SENCO or pastoral lead in their education provision, if you felt a young person would benefit from this service.
Alternative education providers commission our mentors to offer community mentoring to their students, offering them an alternative to classroom time and a chance to reflect on issues affecting them in a safe and supported way.
Demand for this service often exceeds our capacity and there may be a wait for a suitable mentor. We accept applications to refer year-round and will be transparent about how quickly we may be able to offer support.
For more information on our 1:1 Professional Mentoring provision including how to access it, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to book a qualifying conversation
From School Mentoring
We can offer schools block contracts for numerous referrals, usually for 3 young people a day with one mentor which can be more accessible to referrers. For more information on this please contact email@example.com