Adding to schools pastoral support provision
Mentor Link is dedicated to providing long-term one-to-one social and emotional listening support to disadvantaged and vulnerable young people by providing them with a volunteer mentor during difficult times in their lives. Locally and safely recruited, we train our mentors to offer support to those in need weekly across the West Midlands. The service is provided mainly, but not exclusively in schools and during periods of lockdown we are providing telephone mentoring.
Difficulties faced may include anxiety, self-harm and low-level mental health issues; low self-esteem; bullying; traumatic bereavement; and family breakdown. The aim of mentoring is to help the young people achieve positive changes both personally and educationally, and remain engaged with their education, family and community. In the short term this may mean engaging better in class and improving educational outcomes, and in the long term improving their life chances and helping them to achieve a more successful transition to adulthood. The wellbeing of these young people forms the focus of our work.
|Counselling and listening, Loss and breakdown, Parent and family support, Children and youth activities
|Staff qualified to deliver the services of Mentor Link Our Recruiters are trained in Safer Recruiting and all of our staff and volunteers have to go through Safer Recruiting and attend Induction training which includes Safeguarding training. All volunteers and staff are subject to enhanced DBS disclosure.
|Staff subject to Disclosure & Barring Service