We can provide Volunteer Tenancy Mentors for young people aged 16-25 and in transition to independence across Norfolk and Suffolk
We have received investment so we can invest in young people
Feel free to get in touch Rebecca for a chat. email@example.com Mob: 07530 028446
You can refer a mentee here.
1. What is mentoring?
- We are training 260 mentors from all backgrounds across Norfolk and Suffolk.
- Mentors are someone that a young person can turn to for help, informal support, money skills help, goal setting or just someone to chat to when they are moving to independence.
- You can find some FAQs for referrers here.
- And there are some FAQs for mentees here too.
2. Why would a young person want a mentor?
Moving to independence is a really big step for any young person. Even more so if you’ve been in care, don’t have lots of support or are struggling on a low income.
A mentor can help to bridge the gap and be someone to chat to confidentially about their goals, aspirations and difficulties along the way.
3. What do Volunteer Tenancy Mentors actually do?
- After successfully completing the two-day training course, mentors are carefully matched to their mentees and make safe arrangements to meet.
- They may meet weekly and no less than fortnightly. The early days are critical to building a relationship and making it work.
- Everyone signs a Code of Conduct and completes a questionnaire to understand more about the support the mentee wants.
- The mentee owns the relationship akin with the restorative approach to everything we do.
4. Does it work?
- Introducing Amelia (mentee) and Serena (mentor) in the picture above. Amelia describes the support of her mentor as ‘invaluable’.
- Young people moving to independence tell us that they are anxious about the move and suddenly being on their own.
- Volunteer Tenancy Mentors offer someone to talk to about everyday things from how to change a light bulb to longer-term plans, such as finding work. Some relationships may happen over a coffee and be a structured conversation.
- Others may be more action focused and involve researching where to find CV help or scrutinizing a budget. Young people tell us that being ‘nudged’ by a mentor is really helpful and makes them feel less isolated.
- A number of our mentees have also moved into training or work with help from our mentors. Read our one-page impact report here.
5. And how does it end?
- We will undertake an end questionnaire with the mentee and usually a final case-study interview.
- This helps us to understand how the young person has been supported, the difference it’s made as well as reassure the young person that they are not being abandoned.
- We want to leave them knowing that our door remains open as well as knowledgeable about other avenues of support.
6. Referring mentees?
If you’re interested in making a referral of a mentee use this link.