At The Bridge, we believe that mentoring is journeying with a young person as a consistent and reliable role model. Mentors are quick to listen, offer the young person a safe place to unpack life and present a platform to empower them to bring about positive changes both now and in the future, helping them build towards a brighter future.
Who are we aiming the mentoring at?
The scheme is designed for any young person that the school feels would benefit from a listening ear and encouraging personality. Students could be struggling to keep on top of homework, lacking in self confidence or have a chaotic home life and just need a mentor to come alongside them and support them for a year, equipping them with skills they will be able to use for the rest of their lives.
How do we do this?
In partnership with local churches, we provide mentors to the local secondary schools to meet with a young person for an hour a fortnight. They meet regularly for a year, so the mentor and mentee are able to build up a good relationship and work together to bring about changes.
What has been said about the mentoring scheme?
One mentor has said that the aim of the scheme is:
"To help my mentee to feel valued and confident to move forward in her life and to use the opportunities offered at school for good for her future".
"Students appreciate the 1-2-1 time that is given to them regularly".
"Students look forward to the times they spend with their mentor".
"All the students involved seem to be really benefitting from the mentoring scheme and it's going really well".
We had a wonderful evening recently, sharing experiences from Mentoring so far and encouraging one another. It was also an opportunity to ask questions and to continue to learn from each other!
We had Mentors present who have been mentoring for almost 2 years, some who have been mentoring for a few months and some who have just been trained and are due to start Mentoring soon!
We'd always love to have more Mentors to join the team!