Last year, we ran a pilot peer-mentoring programme at Burgate School, in the heart of the New Forest. We thought you might like to know how we got on…
The idea of the programme was to train students to support other young people within the school who were at risk of disengaging from education and eventually becoming NEET (Not in Education, Employment or Training).
We trained 10 young people and supported them in their achievement of ASDAN short course peer-mentoring qualifications. With support from IYC, these young mentors went on to deliver weekly 1:1 sessions to 14 other young people.
One of the mentors commented: ‘I have gained an understanding of how to address different issues and how best to sustain support for those who need it’.
All the mentees have said they feel more confident and more positive about their prospects. Based on their experiences, two of the mentees have said they would like to mentor other young people themselves as they progress through school.
We are particularly pleased to report that Burgate School have decided to continue the mentoring project, with support from IYC. Based on the success of this pilot we are keen to secure further funding so that we can develop the programme not only in Burgate School, but in other schools across the New Forest.
Thank you to the Doris Campbell Memorial Fund and the Hampshire & IOW Community Foundation for enabling us to pilot this project.