Helping children closer to home - North Somerset

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By Carol_Deacon | Wednesday, November 21, 2012, 12:03

Would you like to help build a young person's self-esteem, confidence and sense of well-being?

People with a few spare hours a week who would like to help children and young people in North Somerset are invited to come forward for the Breakthrough mentoring scheme.

New volunteers are now needed with the training course for the scheme being held on Friday, December 7.

The closing date for completed expressions of interest is Friday, November 30. 

Mentors spend a couple of hours a week with a young person supporting their educational achievements, help develop their life skills, and promote their resilience and independence.

Activities could initially include bowling or going for a walk to get to know one another before setting some goals, such as how to deal with conflict, manage their social life, or confidence with speaking to adults.

The scheme works with many different groups including:

  • young carers;
  • young people with mental ill-health;
  • disabled children;
  • children in care; and
  • children above a healthy weight (Breakthrough Active).

Mentors who receive training and on-going support through workshops and one-to-one catch ups say it is the most rewarding experience with benefits for all involved.

There is the opportunity to get involved on a voluntary or self-employed basis.

For an application form and more information contact North Somerset Council sport and active lifestyle team on 01275 882736 or email go4life@n-somerset.gov.uk.

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