Refer a young person for volunteer mentoring

Mentoring Plus provides volunteer-led mentoring services and activities for 7 to 21 year olds in Bath & NE Somerset who are facing significant challenges.

We are not currently open for applications to refer young people aged 11 to 21 (year 7 and above – up to age 25 with a SEN diagnosis) for out of school mentoring. We will be in touch with referrers on our mailing list to let them know our next opening date. Please email if you would like to be added to this list.

To plan for future referrals, please see full details of our application ballot system here.

When considering referring a young person in future, please read our service overview and consider our referral checklist to ensure this is the appropriate service for them.

To refer a KS2 (junior age) student, contact their school who may be able to refer via the relevant Primary Behavioural and Attendance Panel.

Download service overview

Please check that our service is suitable for the young person you may wish to refer.

Download referral checklist

Please download and complete this referral checklist before applying to refer.

The short video below may be useful to introduce Mentoring Plus to a young person and their family.

Our referral criteria:

We specifically support young people identified as facing more than one risk factor from those detailed below:

  • Displaying signs of anti–social behaviour
  • Either disengaged, excluded or at risk of exclusion from education
  • Or not in employment or training (NEET)
  • In or leaving care
  • Experiencing significant challenges out of school – including factors such as a lack of role models, family breakdown, bereavement, isolation and historic domestic violence.

Our out of school service is offered to young people living in BathNES aged 12-21 (plus 21-25 year olds in need of early help who have a SEND diagnosis). We also provide an in-school primary mentoring service for which referrals are managed through the Behaviour & Attendance Panel of primary head teachers.

We also offer a paid professional mentoring service to young people at higher levels of need or risk, those outside our normal geographical area or those with EHCP or equivalent funding.

How does mentoring work?

Once we have capacity to match your referral from our waiting list, we offer the following to a young person for up to a year:

  • A named practitioner assigned to support them
  • Introductory sessions with their practitioner to develop a Personal Plan
  • A volunteer mentor working with them each week to develop confidence, have new experiences and access new opportunities
  • An activities budget to spend with their mentor
  • A community project to contribute and make a difference locally
  • Exit planning with links to services and transitional support on leaving our service.
  • Engagement in Team Around the Child processes as needed, ensuring the voice of the mentee is shared with other professionals throughout this year.

Weekly activities programme

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

Evening and Holiday activities

Small group activities for young people aged 11+ led by skilled leaders who build strong, supportive relationships with young people attending. There’s always a choice of things to do, including cooking, fun sports and crafts, plus sessions led by experts in things like photography and digital music.

We run regular school holiday sessions for ages 7+ accessing great venues, expert leaders and activities such as sports taster sessions, music, go-karting and bushcraft.

All sessions are free and door to door transport can be arranged.

Youth Reps and Girls’ Group
Referrals welcome

Exploring life, enterprise, activism, fundraising, training & learning opportunities, with participants producing their own community projects.

We can accept specific referrals for young people (usually 15+) interested in these groups. For more details or to refer, please email helen.goodchild@mentoringplus.net

Youth clubs

We run open-access youth clubs for 11-19 year olds at Riverside Youth Hub on Wednesdays and Thursdays in termtime, 6.30 – 8.30pm. Consistent, skilled youth workers provide a warm and supportive environment, a choice of fun activities and cooking nourishing food together. There is an attendance fee of 50p but this can be waived in cases of financial difficulty.

Young people can turn up for any session, and will just need to complete a simple contact form with parental consent. To discuss making a referral or supported introduction to youth club, please email jo.tucker@mentoringplus.net

What do young people say are the benefits of our mentoring service?

“I feel better about myself from being with my mentor”

“I’ve gotten wiser and more responsible. I was quite naughty. He’s taught me how to deal with things better.”

“I was in a bad place, wasn’t in school and didn’t go out. Now I‘m back in school.”

“They’re good at making you look forward to stuff.”

“It’s nice to have someone to speak to about things, and I think that it has really helped me.”

“Look where I was at the beginning and look where I am now? She came along and my confidence went up.”

How do you refer a young person to Mentoring Plus?

Our out of school volunteer mentoring referrals are accepted at intervals throughout the year when we have capacity to support young people. If you would like to consider making a referral, please check whether our service is suitable for the young person concerned using our referral checklist.

Once you have all the information requested, please email to ensure you are on our referrers’ update list and we will be in touch with the relevant dates.


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