Goal – Early intervention to bring encouragement, hope and joy to a vulnerable young person.
Community volunteers are screened, trained and approved as a mentor. If a suitable match can be made, the mentor is matched with a child. The mentor meets with the child once a week for 2-3 hours.
While engaging the child in positive activities, the mentor helps the young person to make sense of issues such as peer pressure, grief, and family breakdown. It is an opportunity for the child to look up to someone – often for the first time – from whom they can gain essential skills to build self-esteem and a sense of belonging.
In 2015 we introduced 4U mentoring into secondary schools where year 12 and year 13 students mentor struggling and isolated year 9 students to provide encouragement and belonging.
Many children are still engaged with their mentor years later as a result of the relationship created with the young person. We now have a total of 70 mentors cheering our vulnerable children on into teenage years and beyond. A powerful programme that lives way beyond a year.
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