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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

COVID-19 and your well being

If you use our service and are feeling worried about how Covid-19 (the Corona Virus) will affect you and the service we provide please know that you are not alone and we are doing everything we can to help you stay safe and supported during this time.

Whilst our community sports sessions have currently stopped, we will continue to update our social media pages with any updates and useful advice that we feel may be of benefit. The project team can also still be contacted during this time.

If you would like to find out the most current information and advice about what actions the public are being advised to take please visit the government advice website.

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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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Read our May 2020 West Suffolk Mentoring Newsletter here

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 West Suffolk Early Help and Social Care.

Volunteer and placement opportunities

You can volunteer for this service
You can't get a placement at this service

Volunteering: West Suffolk Mentoring Service welcomes part-time and casual volunteers, each volunteer must go through a DBS check and then is expected to shadow and train with our current mentors before becoming a mentor themselves.

Placements: The service is unable to provide full time volunteer students placements with continuous voluntary hours each week.  Unfortunately we do not have the capacity to provide these types of placements.