Mentors wanted in the Mendip area
Young people need your help now!
PROMISEworks volunteers support vulnerable children and young people across Somerset, helping a young person to build the resilience needed to move forward and achieve their full potential - this could be staying in school, keeping out of trouble or getting to university.
As the Dad of one young person said, “I can see a difference in him since he has had a mentor. She’s brilliant”. Another’s Mum said “my son smiles on a Wednesday because he knows he is seeing his mentor; he runs down the stairs when he arrives”.
John Chambers, PROMISEworks case-holder for Mendip said:
“There are 26 young people aged between 7 and 25 already receiving long term mentoring from our local volunteers, but I have still 46 awaiting help, and every week I receive more referrals. Each youngster has a different reason to be on the waiting list but all have one thing in common, they are asking for our support.
The young people have a range of different interests; for one it is baking, playing games and puzzles, for another it’s Manga and K pop, and for a third ICT and science. They are each looking for a supportive adult in their life whom they can trust and spend time with to improve their wellbeing. In this simple way you can make a positive impact on the life of a young person in your local community, and it only takes a couple of hours a week.”
With 250 young people in Somerset awaiting a mentor, of these 38 are in Mendip, we need many more generous hearted people to step forward, train with PROMISEworks and commit to helping one young person in the local community.
John and his colleagues provide training and continuous support to volunteer mentors throughout the time they are part of the PROMISEworks family. Volunteers come from all backgrounds and walks of life as well as all ages.
So, what is holding you back?
Volunteering is good for your local community, but it is also good for your health. Recent research has shown that helping others leads to improved physical health and increased feelings of emotional wellbeing. https://healthwatchsomerset.co.uk/why-volunteer/
To find out more contact John at john.chambers@PROMISEworks.org.uk or go to volunteer