School Based Mentoring is a project run with a group of 12 volunteer mentors supporting 10 particularly disadvantaged young people in year 5 and 6. The project runs for 20 weekly sessions across the academic year between November and May. Each pupil is matched with a mentor and together they take part in one hour of sports and games and one hour of one to one activities. This one to one time encourages skills development and support. The scheme is coordinated by a Project Leader who liaises with the school, supports the volunteers and leads the sessions.
The project has run for three years now and the results documented the development of meaningful relationships and personal development for all involved.
Sessions are energetic and fun but also provide opportunities for quiet discussion of any worries or challenges the young people may be facing.
The School Based Mentoring project will be expanding from September. The Island are currently recruiting volunteers. The scheme provides a great opportunity to mentor in a school setting, and to participate in group and one to one interactions.
If you would like to apply, please fill in the Schools Based Mentoring Application (2017) form and return it via email or post to the addresses below.
Should you have any questions please get in touch.
Evie Pirie, Project Leader
St Columba’s Foundation,
York, YO1 6E