We provide Volunteer Tenancy Mentors for young people aged
16-25 and in transition to independence
We have received investment from the Nesta Savers Support Fund so we can invest in young people across Norfolk and Suffolk
Our referral form takes less than a minute. We just need the basics and we’ll pick it up for you. Use the link here.
If you just want to make a really quick enquiry for a chat about a referral, you can fill in this form or call Katie on 07596 534239.
1. What is mentoring?
- We are training 260 mentors from all backgrounds across Norfolk and Suffolk.
- Mentors are someone over 21 that a young person can turn to for help, informal support, money skills guidance, 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 goals, aspirations and difficulties along the way. They can be a vital life-line.
3. What do Volunteer Tenancy Mentors actually do?
- After successfully completing the two-day training course, being DBS checked and interviewed, 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 and needs.
- The mentee is in charge of the relationship and decides what they want help with.
4. Does it work?
- We’re delighted to have appointed Steve Allman to independently evaluate this project. You can read more here about Steve’s involvement.
- Young people moving to independence tell us all the time 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.
Have you checked out Your Own Network yet? This is a website for young people to achieve their aspirations, as well as create an Argos wishlist to help furnish and create their home.