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The Big BaNES 100k

The Big BaNES 100k - local charities launch new challenge for youth mental health

Walk, run, cycle, swim, skate, kayak or do it your way! This is the call from local youth charities, Mentoring Plus and Off The Record, and creators of The Bath 5k Map, who have teamed up to launch The Big BaNES 100k - a new nature-based fundraising challenge, to support young people’s mental health and emotional wellbeing.

The Big BaNES 100k launches on Friday 17 May and local residents can combine any number of activities to reach the 100k milestone. The challenge will run until Friday 27 September, and organisers are encouraging fundraisers to get out into the beautiful BaNES countryside and bring friends, family, colleagues and community groups with them.

Getting out and about in Bath & North East Somerset with our mentees

In this issue of Mentor Monthly, discover great places to visit in Bath & North East Somerset with your mentee


Every month, we send our Volunteer Mentors new ideas and suggestions for what they can do with their mentees during their weekly mentoring sessions. 

Outdoor activities

Bath City Farm is a local community farm in Twerton. Animal food costs 50p per bag and you can enjoy feeding goats, ducks, horses, pigs and chickens. After a walk around the farm, enjoy the fantastic café (open Tues-Sun), which is located next door to the play area. 

Alexandra Park has incredible views of Bath, a great play park, and ping pong tables which you can use for free (we can lend our mentors some). On a Friday The Choux Box Patisserie parks up selling the most delicious choux buns and hot chocolate. 

Our Volunteer Mentoring Programme receives generous support from Somerset Freemasons

Last week, the Somerset Freemasons generously awarded Mentoring Plus with a grant of £66,000 to support our Volunteer Mentoring Programme, enabling us to train 48 adult Volunteer Mentors over the next two years, and match them with young people in our community who need positive role models.

Charity Christmas Trees

We will be holding our charity Christmas Tree sale this December. You can pre-order your tree from our shop, for collection in December, or come and visit us at our Youth Hub just off the London Rd in Bath. All the trees are Nordman Firs which are renowned for not losing their needles and from a sustainable tree farm in the UK. 

Whether you are looking to buy for your office, pub, shop or home buy your tree from us and know that you are supporting young people in your community who are facing really tough challenges in their lives this Christmas.