Mentoring Matters

Driven by the passionate belief that all young people deserve the chance to live happy, authentic and fulfilling lives, regardless of who they are and what challenges they are facing.

Our Challenging Me mentoring programme and targeted workshops are built around the idea that modelling a healthy, trusting and respectful relationship is the best way to engage young people. If we can engage them, we can reach them. And if we can reach them, we can start to arm them with the skills they need to drive the kind of changes they want to see in their own lives.

Highly-trained mentors
Our highly-trained mentors use their
real-life experiences to relate with and
re-engage the most hard-to-reach
young people – those who have
struggled to access education, those
who have entrenched negative beliefs
about themselves and the world
around them, and those who feel
powerless to overcome the challenges
in their lives.

Multi-faceted approach
We use a multi-faceted approach
geared towards prevention, support
and de-escalation to take these
young people on a journey, helping
them recognise the relationships and
experiences that have shaped them,
and asking them to challenge the
beliefs they have about who they are
and what they can achieve.

Who we work with
• Young people aged 10-18
• Looked After Children
• Children in schools
• Children in Pupil Referral Units (PRUs)
• Virtual Schools
• Staff who work with challenging
young people

Mentoring

Education
We work with educational settings to
improve outcomes for young people, as
well as kick-starting positive change for
the settings themselves. Through a
bespoke programme of targeted
support, we aim to re-engage
vulnerable and hard-to-reach young
people across Schools, PRUs, Virtual
Schools and alternative settings.

Social Outreach
We have seen first-hand how many
families and young people in the
community are struggling, through no
fault of their own. Trauma,
socio-economic hardship, addiction,
domestic violence – they can all have
devastating consequences for families.
Our Social Outreach Mentoring
programme aims to help them see a
positive way forward, and begin taking
steps towards the futures they want.

Looked After Children
Looked After Children are facing possibly
the worst projected outcomes of all
young people. We want to change that.
Our Challenging Me Mentoring
programme can help improve outcomes
for this vulnerable population, with
targeted interventions and support that
aims to empower them to take control
of their own destinies.

Training & Programmes
For Professionals

Training For Professionals
We work with educational settings to improve outcomes for young people, as well as kick-starting positive change for the settings themselves. Through a bespoke programme of targeted support, we aim to re-engage vulnerable and hard-to-reach young people across Schools, PRUs, Virtual Schools and alternative settings.

Programmes
The Challenging Me Mentoring programme is the culmination of 25 years’ experience of working with hard-to-reach young people across a range of settings.

Real life
experiences

Founders, Ian Calder and Dave Gregory, have first-hand
experience working with some of the most hard-to-reach young
people across the spectrum of settings, including multiple
youth offending teams, prisons, PRUs, schools and alternative
provisions, as well as with young people in care and residential
settings. Managing Director Sophie Melia draws on a decade of
experience working with young people and the professionals
supporting them across a variety of educational settings.

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