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One to one professional mentoring

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 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

Additionally, we also have our In-School Mentoring provision. To discuss this further please contact