How it works.


Mentors will be paired with a young person in a secondary school, sixth form or college and will work on a one to one basis for a minimum period of six months.

1-to-1 Meeting

They will meet the young person at least one hour a week and during this hour may cover a variety of issues depending on the young person they are paired with.

Action Plan

At their first meeting, mentors will draw up a plan with the young person, and decide on short and long term goals and devise a plan of action on how to achieve their targets.


 We undertake a rigorous recruitment process to ensure that mentors have the skills, motivation and commitment to make a positive impact on their mentee. All mentors are also required to undertake background checks, i.e. DBS checks.  We usually recruit mentors who satisfy the criteria set out below:

  • Be able to attend a 2 day training programme
  • Demonstrate a level of intellectual strength
  • Able to commit for at least 6months
  • Motivated and Resourceful
  • Good Listeners
  • Willing to motivate the mentee to learn and grow
  • Interested in sharing knowledge and experiences
  • Not judgemental
  • Be empathetic and understanding
  • Friendly and approachable


Prior to commencing mentoring, all mentors are trained to ensure that they understand their role and are equipped with the skills and knowledge required to support their mentees. Training covers the following topics:

The role of a Mentor

The training offered emphasises the role of a mentor, namely, to provide guidance, encourage their mentee to work hard, develop organisational skills, build ambitions, to listen, discuss blockages to learning and achieving their potential

Personal Development

Mentors are also trained to address the following:

  • Resolving negative beliefs
  • Confidentiality
  • Child Protection
  • Equality and Diversity
  • Boundaries (mentor/mentee relationships)
  • Knowledge, Skills and Attitude of a Mentor
  • Effective communication
  • Obstacles to effective communication
  • Learning styles
  • Obstacles to Learning
Session topics

Mentors are trained to plan sessions and to focus on:

  • Building a relationship with your mentee
  • Session plans
  • Action planning
  • Target setting
  • Exit strategies

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