For young people, having a supportive adult to whom they can talk to can make all the difference in their lives.

In recognising this, the Zone is developing a mentoring scheme that will match young people to volunteers mentors who, supported by the Zone’s Mentoring Manager, will work together to

Junior mentoring
Junior mentoring supports children from 8 -12 years of age, a time in a young person’s life when they learn how to behave and develop from the examples set by peers and adults.

Young people can experience many difficulties, which can have an impact on their wellbeing and development, for example:

  • Lack of boundaries and routines in order to feel safe
  • Transition to secondary school
  • Lack of understanding of their own emotions
  • Difficult family dynamics
  • Difficulty in developing and maintaining relationships

A responsible adult, who takes an interest in a child’s development, combined with set objectives, a mentoring relationship can make a massive impact on the social development of young people.

Young people build great relationships with their mentors, enhancing their self esteem, confidence and social skills and networks.

Senior mentoring
Senior mentoring supports young people between 13 -19 years of age. An age range where young people can experience a wide range of complex issues:

    • Relationships with adults and peers
    • Sexual relationships
    • Substance and alcohol misuse
    • Sexual exploitation
    • Anti-social and criminal activity
    • Delayed personal and social development
    • Truancy
    • Academic attainment
    • Further education / employment decisions

Mentoring Accreditation
We are proud to announce that we are an approved mentoring provider by The Mentoring and Befriending Foundation (MBF). MBF provides services which aim to increase the effectiveness and quality of mentoring and befriending as methods of enabling individuals to transform their lives and/or reach their full potential.

MBF does this by providing training and resources, quality assurance via the Approved Provider Standard (APS), MBF network membership, consultancy support, and contract/project management for organisations and people interested in mentoring and befriending.

One to one support from a volunteer mentor can assit young people to make informed decisions. It provides the opportunity to set realistic, achievable goals, relating to their personal, educational development, whilst enhancing self esteem and confidence.