In 2018/19 we held 248 individual mentoring sessions with young people in a school or college setting.
In line with the Three Crowns, our mentors have been working with young people toward increased self-esteem, greater emotional resilience and better positive relationships. The young people our mentors have seen have increased to 27 since last April. Of those supported, 20 had at least 6 mentoring sessions and some considerably more. The impact made can be seen by comparing the Three Crowns evaluation tool from before and after mentoring, but the anecdotes and comments that the young people make are much more telling. For instance, one mentee, when 16 weeks of mentoring came to an end, said
I am really pleased because I can see
how far I've come.
A major challenge at the beginning of the year had been our work to gain Mentoring Accreditation with the NCVO. With staff changes the accreditation process was slowed down, however with Annemarie at the reins we were very proud to announce that we received our accreditation in August 2018. During that time our capacity to offer our mentoring service to TPS was limited until October by which time we had recruited and trained a new cohort of volunteer mentors and significantly exceeded our agreed offering. The ongoing challenge is to continue to recruit high-calibre volunteers and put them through the rigorous protocol to equip them for mentoring to increase the reach and sustainability of the mentoring project.
We have invested a lot of work into our Three Crowns assessment tool and with support of Children in Need's funding we tweaked some of the descriptors to be more impactful within our mentoring programme. Recognising that the tool had impact across all our work we have chosen to map all of our youth work provision to the Three Crowns outcomes going forward.
Mentoring can be as emotionally draining as it is encouraging and significant and we want to look at more ways to support and retain our volunteers over the next year, such as through diarising volunteer events. We also want to explore offering mentoring in other schools, especially in Alton as we develop our work there.
R is part of a group of young people, most of
whom have exhibited challenging behaviour, as well as having interactions with a range of professionals, including the police. R was identified as someone who would benefit from mentoring through attending one of The King's Arms activities. Through mentoring it became clear that R had been exchanging messages of a sexual nature and receiving images. There was also an element of threat involved from the other party. R, with the support of the worker, reported the relationship to the police. They were also supported by KA in informing their parents. Continuing with the mentoring relationship, issues have arisen around body image, anger and unsafe relationships. As with most of our mentoring the aim is to support for the long term and in this case such an approach is much needed.