MAP – Mentoring and Achieving Project
Our Mentoring and Achievement Project provides opportunities for volunteers, in particular those who are over 50, to volunteer with children and young people aged 8-17 years. The project aim is to achieve and sustain a series of 12 month relationships between volunteer mentors and young people. The volunteer mentor and the young person work together to identify outcomes the children and young people would like to achieve and would they would like to do together. Volunteers support children and young people to access local services, and activities that they can sustain at the end of the 12 months.
Our children and young people tell us that mentors have helped them gain confidence, attend and achieve at school, try new things and improve their relationship with their families and carers. A mentor’s role is to provide emotional and physical support and guidance to a young person to help them achieve their goals as well as being a positive role model who can make a difference to a child or young person’s life.
Volunteers are matched to their young person depending upon their interests and personalities. This means through getting to know each other you will both decide where you would like to go during your time together. Current volunteers and young people enjoy visits to places such as: museums, farms, sports clubs, art galleries, the cinema, and enjoy meals out.
MAP currently have 33 mentors trained who are either matched or awaiting a match. 9 of those volunteers are over 50.
Action for Children
Action for Children is committed to helping the most vulnerable children and young people in the UK break through injustice, deprivation and inequality. We are one of the UK’s largest children’s charities, and our values – equality, passion and hope – ensure that children are at the centre of everything we do.
Have a look at the blog to find out more about what we’ve been up to!
To read some quotes from people involved in the project, click here.
To look at some pictures of the project in action, click here.
For more information please contact:
Sasha Blythe on 0191 4901059 (firstname.lastname@example.org)