Mentoring Programme in Secondary schools
Unlimited is a mentoring programme designed to meet the escalating need to support our young people’s wellbeing. The alarming statistic that “suicide is the most common cause of death for boys aged between 5 and 19, and the second most common for girls of that age” (Wise Up, 2017) demonstrates the need to support our young people.
The increasing pressure on secondary schools to support their students wellbeing and mental health while not receiving funding to achieve this leaves a gap that requires filling. Norman Lamb, former Minister of State for Care & Support has said “We need to make better use of the voluntary and digital services to fill the gaps in a fragmented system.”
This is where Unlimited comes in, our well trained and experienced volunteer mentors seek to work with Secondary schools to support their students to help them achieve social, emotional wellbeing and academic success by overcoming their barriers to success.
100% of students said they would recommend an Unlimited mentor to a friend
Statistics for 2018-19
Unlimited Mentor Training Outline
The Unlimited mentor training consists of 12 sessions each 1-hour long over 6 weeks with 2 sessions being delivered each week.
The sessions consist of two main themes;
1. Mentoring skills and techniques
This theme covers topics such as the person-centred approach, active listening, asking powerful questions, the GROW model and creative mentoring tools/techniques among other topics.
2. Young people concerns in schools
This theme covers topic such as Identity, self-esteem, bullying, safeguarding children in schools and how to build the relationship among other topics.
The content of these sessions are grounded in evidence-based approaches and psychological research and have been designed to fully equip mentors to meet the wide range of needs young people are likely to present with.
Unlimited Leader David Hancock
David Hancock has been awarded a Masters of Science in Career Coaching with distinction from the University of East London’s school of psychology. His thesis investigated the impact of Coaching and mentoring on disadvantaged youth from the Tower Hamlets area. He has over 5 years’ experience of coaching and mentoring disadvantaged youth and young people in an educational setting and currently works as a learning mentor at St Columba’s Catholic Boys school.