The age of the Young Person being referred will determine which of these pathways they follow. These pathways are:
This is a programme for Young People aged between 8 and 15. Young People who are Looked After have often missed out on education prior to them becoming Looked After, so our focus for this programme is to support Young People to identify their aims and aspirations for their future and to encourage their engagement with education. This will be done through fortnightly meetings with a Volunteer Mentor, under the supervision and guidance of a Youth Support Coordinator. This mentoring relationship will allow for informal learning opportunities to encourage the development of literacy and numeracy skills; it will support Young People to develop their confidence and self-esteem through collaborative goal setting to meet their self-identified targets; and it will support the Young People to build positive attachments with others.
The ways that we work with our Young People through Aspirations mentoring, along with the outcomes we are supporting them to work towards, are outlined in this theory of change model. Click Here
How it works
The Young Person will meet with their Mentor fortnightly for up to 2 years. The Youth Support Coordinator will review and monitors the relationship throughout to ensure the support is still appropriate. The coordinator works with the Young Person to complete an Outcome Star, which is then updated at regular intervals to monitor the progress being made. As part of this the Young Person, Mentor and Coordinator work together to set goals to support this progress.
The meetings with a Mentor take place in a variety of community settings such as cafes, libraries, or parks, and may also make use of the BLGC facilities to allow the Mentor and Young Person time to read together, to use the gym, play pool, or practice their cooking skills.
It is important for the Youth Support Coordinators to be invited to the LAC and PEP reviews for the Young People on their caseload to ensure we are kept up to date with any relevant changes and to ensure that we are able to support any appropriate targets that might be included within their PEP.
This is a programme for Care Leavers. Young People are assigned a Youth Support Worker to help them with a wide range of things that may be having an impact on their life. Support is provided for Young People to develop their confidence and self-esteem, alongside supporting the development of skills for independence, employability, travel training, and support with mental health and wellbeing.
How it works
The Young Person will meet fortnightly with their allocated Youth Support Worker. This support can last from 6-24 months, dependent on the needs of the Young Person. The Young Person is supported to set goals to work towards with the help of the Youth Support Worker as part of their action plan, and their progress in reaching these goals is monitored at regular intervals through the completion of an Outcome Star.
As the Young Person reaches the end of their Mentoring journey with BLGC, they will be signposted to other support services and programmes as appropriate.
The Young Person being referred needs to:
- Live in the Bolton area and have a Bolton postcode.
- Be in the care of Bolton Local Authority or living in Bolton for a long time if another Local Authority has legal responsibility.
- Be between 8 years old and their 24th birthday. The age of the young person being referred will determine which Mentoring pathway they follow.
- Want to engage with a mentor.
- Be able to work with a volunteer on a 1:1 basis, as we need to be able to safeguard both the young person and the volunteer mentor in a 1:1 lone working setting.
How you can make a referral
Please fill out the Mentoring Referral Form Click Here. For us to be able to accept the referral, we also need a consent form to be completed by whoever holds parental responsibility for the Young Person. Once complete, you can return the forms to firstname.lastname@example.org
Got a question?
Please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you need any further information. You can do this either by emailing us at email@example.com or calling 01204 540111 / 07787254989 to speak to Louise Murgatroyd.