How can mentoring help?
As parents, carers or teachers, we always want the best outcomes for the young people whom we support. However, sadly, a 2019 report by the YMCA* suggests that many young people face challenges relating to exam or study pressures, have concerns about their body image or appearance, or experience social isolation and loneliness. Additionally, they may also struggle to transition from educational to work environments and are also the generation most likely to be in insecure employment. These and other issues can negatively impact both their wellbeing and self-confidence, their performance at school or university or their prospects of finding meaningful work.
At Cothan, we passionately believe that things should not be like this and therefore we work with young people aged 15 to 24 to help them build their own coping resources and negotiate challenges effectively so that they don't become major issues.
Research suggests that mentoring can support young people to:
Increase their confidence and self-esteem
Develop strategies that will help them deal more effectively with personal, academic or career challenges
Improve their social skills and their relationships
Enhance their organisational, time-management and decision-making skills
Manage stressors more effectively and build habits that support their overall wellbeing
Clarify and strive for goals that are important to them moving forward
Build transferrable skills that will enable them to transition more effectively between school, university and work settings
So how does mentoring work?
Mentoring offers young people a supportive environment in which they can talk about challenges or the issues they face without fear of judgement or criticism. Additionally, it helps them to see themselves in new and more positive ways and assists them to develop the personal and practical skills and strategies needed to enable them to navigate challenges more effectively, both now and in the future. It also encourages them to think about goals that are important to them moving forward and supports them to strive for these.
What mentoring is not...
Whilst mentoring can support psychological wellbeing and help young people manage stressors better, it is not a substitute for counselling and does not offer therapeutic treatment for mental health disorders. It is therefore really important that a young person seeks professional help from their G.P or a mental health specialist if they are experiencing issues such as severe anxiety, depression, or post-traumatic stress disorder.
About our mentors
Our mentoring is provided by professionally trained practitioners who are accredited by the European Mentoring and Coaching Council. They have been DBS checked and have significant experience of supporting young people. You can read more about us here.
We are committed to providing you with the highest possible standards in mentoring and regularly review our service and practices to ensure we are meeting these.
We passionately believe that mentoring should be accessible to all young people, regardless of their situation or circumstances.
Therefore, during the current Coronavirus pandemic, we are not formally charging for our services - however, we do ask for a donation for each session based on what you feel our mentoring is worth to you, as well as what you can afford. This enables us to keep all of our services running for the benefit of everyone, and also allows us to offer them free of charge to vulnerable or disadvantaged young people in these difficult times.
If you need any further details, please don't hesitate to contact us.
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*YMCA (2019), A Different World: the challenges facing young people. Available at https://www.ymca.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/Challenges-facing-young-people.pdf (accessed 9th September 2020).