Engaging & Mentoring Young People 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Utilising our real life experiences

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Founder

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Founder

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Managing Dir.

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.

Don’t just take our word for it

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