13 Feb Mentoring with Warrington Youth Club
Teaming up with WYC to encourage Sharples Group team members to train as a mentors for young people.
As Chair of Warrington Youth Club (WYC), Sharples Group Joint MD Mark Brocklehurst is passionate about enriching the lives of young people. As well as undertaking charity fundraising challenges for WYC, Mark is keen to raise awareness of the services it offers and ways in which people can get involved. So, Sally Willoughby of WYC visited Sharples Group last month to talk about its Mentoring scheme.
The benefits of mentoring are well documented, helping with self-confidence, self esteem, promoting positive change and providing the opportunity to try new experiences. Through its scheme, WYC provides mentoring to young people who may be at risk or vulnerable, with no role model or cheerleader in their lives. There are two key programmes: Core Mentoring and Able To Manage (ATM).
Core Mentoring is about spending time, about 1 – 1.5 hours a week, with a young person (aged between 7 and 15). It can involve something as simple as taking them for a coffee, going to the gym, doing a creative activity or just listening. Whatever it takes to help this young person enjoy life, be heard and have fun. Mentors act as role models, to support, inspire and provide encouragement to develop, grow and learn.
ATM is a very practical mentoring initiative that focuses on an area that is vital for young adults – money and debt management. Mentors help develop skills in managing money, budgeting and understanding the cost of independent living. Tasks include ‘The £10 Challenge’ which involves shopping and cooking a meal for five people, learning about budgeting and self sufficiency in the process. Other challenges involve earning money by investing £10 e.g. baking and selling cakes, washing cars etc.
Mentors can sign up for as little as 6 to 12 months. As well as benefiting young people, mentoring is also very personally rewarding, and a great way to enhance your skill set, perhaps explore new career options and improve employability.
No experience is necessary and full training is given to all Mentors before being matched with a suitable young person. Training includes:
- Introduction to Mentoring
- Child Protection & Safeguarding
- Professional Boundaries
- Action Planning & Goal Setting
- Communication Skills
- Understanding Children & Young People
Mentors are supported and supervised throughout.
If you’d like to find out more about volunteering as a Mentor contact Lindsay Gibbons at WYC by email: firstname.lastname@example.org. And we will keep you informed of our Mentoring journey with WYC!
Read more about WYC: currently building a new OnSide Youth Zone within the Warrington area costing over £6 million.