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New mental health support for girls

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Girls and young women in Gloucestershire are set to benefit from an innovative new mentoring initiative. 

Offered by a collaboration of seven trusted local mentoring organisations, Gloucestershire Mentoring Programme is a FREE mentoring service for 11 – 25-year-old females whose life circumstances suggest they’re at risk of becoming involved in crime.  Hosted by The Door and funded by CHK Foundation, the Programme offers young females the chance to form a long-lasting relationship with a trained volunteer mentor.  Having a relationship with a trusted independent adult is something that’s often missing in the lives of “at-risk” young people and can be life-changing, helping them to build resilience and grow in confidence, and empowering them to have a more positive future. 

Key Points

  • This is a new, FREE-to-access early intervention service for vulnerable girls and young women aged 11 – 25.
  • This mentoring programme is operating across Gloucestershire and South Gloucestershire.
  • Seven local delivery organisations are collaborating to deliver this service: 1625IP; Breathe; Nelson Trust; Thames Valley Partnership; The Door; WAM Youth; and Young Gloucestershire.
  • This Programme is part of a wider support-services offer for vulnerable young people in the area.
  • Providers are liaising with key police, social care, health, education and youth services contacts to give girls and young women who need help to make better choices the right support at the right time. 
  • Launched in March 2022, this Programme has funding from the grant-making charity, CHK foundation to operate for at least two years.
  • The Programme aims to support around 300 girls and young women over the first two years.
  • Anyone can make a referral – visit the Gloucestershire Mentoring Programme website to identify the most suitable provider(s) for the young person concerned.  Then click on a link to access the chosen provider’s referral form.  
  • Mentoring services provide a long-term ‘safe space’ for anyone who requires a sustained, trusted relationship with an adult. 
  • The role of a mentor is simply ‘being there’ to support someone consistently over a sustained period.
  • Mentoring relationships typically last around twelve months – this can vary, depending on the age and needs of the young person concerned.
  • Providers are currently recruiting more volunteer mentors, including those with lived experience – people with a little spare time and a heart for understanding and supporting young people.  

Calls to Action

  • How do I refer someone?

If you know a young person who might benefit from the FREE support the Programme offers (or you are that young person), you can visit gloucestershirementoringprogramme.co.uk to apply

  • How can I become a volunteer mentor?

If you’d like to become one of the Programme’s volunteer mentors, the providers would love to hear from you.  You can contact any of them directly or via the Programme website, which will help you find the one operating closest to you.  No experience is required – full training is provided.

  • How else can I help?

If you have a few moments to spare, please follow the Programme on social media and help spread the word!

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