Make a pledge to Mentors for 2020

A new beginning to a new year is an opportunity for giving and the Trusted Mentors scheme run by Doncaster Children’s Services Trust is looking for more volunteers to give some of their time in 2020 to help vulnerable youngsters in Doncaster who could benefit from having independent support and guidance.

With funding from the Department for Education’s Doncaster Opportunity Area Programme and, since launching in January 2019 the scheme has enlisted 161 mentors, most of whom have completed their training, been matched with a child or young person and have started on an enduring coaching and mentoring relationship.

The aim of the scheme is for mentors to support young people to get involved in positive activities towards achieving their aspirations. This in turn will make them happier, more confident and have a positive effect on their schoolwork.

Students aged between nine and eighteen from schools across the borough are part of the scheme. One 13-year-old girl said having a mentor was “like having a weight lifted off my shoulders.” Another child said he was less worried about moving to secondary school now that he has a Mentor to talk to about his worries.

Project Manager of the scheme, Cheryl Blackett said: ‘We have had brilliant feedback from parents and schools about the difference our mentors are making to the lives’ of children and young people in Doncaster and we want to continue to make a difference. New Year is an ideal time to think about what you can do for others in the year ahead and we would love to hear from anyone who would like to join our team’.

Full training and support is given and each volunteer is carefully matched with a child or young person to ensure the partnership works for both the Mentor and the young person.

For more information about the Trusted Mentors scheme, go to: https://www.doncasterchildrenstrust.co.uk/volunteering/trusted-mentors

The team can be contacted on: 01302 735721.

“She is a really good social worker. She listens to me; she fights for my rights; she has a laugh with me and is honest with me. She is the best social worker ever.”

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