North Meets South – 1:1 mentoring service

Youth Unity is pleased to announce that we are the new selected provider to deliver a 2 year Mentoring program for vulnerable young people, working in some of the most deprived areas of London supporting the local communities, working in the areas of Barking & Dagenham and Havering.

The new service will offer a referral pathway that will allow us to provide direct 121 and contextual case support to some of the most complex cases working with Schools, Social Care and Metropolitan Police.

We have been developing our model and building an evidence base for the past 12 months following success in other areas, this funding will improve outcomes for our young people around CCE & associated vulnerability strands as we get the opportunity to network with key partners across the Borough of Barking & Dagenham we wanted to acknowledge all the people & organisations that have supported us on getting there.

Please get in touch if you’re reading this and would like any further information on our service, and how we may be able to support young people in your community.

The ages covered are between 7-18 associated or at risk of exploitation, gangs, or associated vulnerability (if they fall outside the eligible age range, they will be considered on a case-by-case basis) 

  • at significant risk of harm from exploitation, (such as violence or criminal groups, a risk to themselves, or pose a risk of harm to others motivated to change to involvement (if applicable) and are willing to work with the service 
  • working with social services, youth offending or safeguarding team

Individual and group mentoring will provide tailored activities for YP in need of further and more specialised support. This will have an impact on a wider range of outcomes than the lower-level support initially offered to them, as it will consist of regular and sustained mentoring, addressing a variety of issues and risk factors that affect the young people.

The 1-1 support will aim to improve relationships with trusted adults, focus on their attainment and attitude to education and work on achieving personal development goals.

The group mentoring will focus more on improving mental health and wellbeing by developing positive peer relationships and engaging in fun and meaningful activities. The YP will design and participate in activities tailored to their goals, improving self-efficacy and resilience.

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