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West Suffolk Mentoring

Young people in difficult situations receive support from volunteer mentors

Young people 10 to 18-years-old | Bury St Edmunds


Young people who may have offended and who find themselves in difficult situations are supported by volunteers to:

  • remain in education
  • progress into training or further education
  • improve relationships with the local community
  • access local activities to improve health and wellbeing
  • build confidence and self-esteem.

Mentors are matched to young people depending on what the young person needs help with and the volunteer mentor’s own strengths and experiences.

All mentors are fully trained volunteers. They are are:

  • volunteers of all ages and backgrounds
  • honest, reliable and positive role models
  • friendly and flexible, with a real belief that the young person can achieve their goals
  • non-judgemental, encouraging and understanding.

Mentors are there to listen and to offer advice when asked, helping young people to make plans for their future. They help young people to find and engage with new activities, and provide a constant source of support within a trusted relationship.

‘The mentoring helped improve my relationship with my family. We now get on a lot better.’

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Referral options for this service

You can't refer yourself
You can't refer family or a friend
You can refer a client

Referrals are received from Western Suffolk Community Safety Partnership, 12+ integrated teams and social services.

Volunteer and placement opportunities

You can volunteer for this service
You can get a placement at this service