The world for young people is changing at a rate that presents them with significant challenges, pressures and barriers. Now, more than ever, they need consistent guidance and expectations, positive role models and activities that keep them occupied and engaged.
Gro-Mentoring has been delivering award-winning mentoring services since 2010, transforming the lives of children and young people in the Midlands. We work with primary schools, secondary schools, and pupil referral units to support all children and young people, including those at risk of educational exclusion or anti-social and/or criminal behaviour in adolescence and early adult life.
Everything we do is done with passion, care and quality. We look forward to showing you the difference our mentors make.
SUPPORTING CHILDREN & YOUNG PEOPLE TO THRIVE
Our nurturing programmes support mentees to succeed by developing social and emotional skills and resilience, improving their behaviour, engagement, attendance and attainment and reducing risk-taking. We help them explore and build on their existing capabilities, raising their confidence and aspirations and broadening their horizons. We establish an environment where every young person can thrive and create positive pathways for their future, realising their full potential and contributing to society.
WHAT WE DO
1:1 and group mentoring
group sessions & guest speakers
work experience and employability support
family, parent and carer support
Social and emotional competence, particularly building good relationships and collaborating effectively
Resilience and coping
Perceptions of self (self confidence and self efficacy)
Motivation, goal orientation and perseverance
Communication and conflict resolution
journey of change
5 clear stages break down what change means into achievable steps.
Our mentors are licensed users of Outcomes Star – an externally verified standardised tool for supporting and measuring progress in a variety of outcome areas.
Aspiration, Contribution, Confidence, Learning, People and Support, Communicating
Physical and mental well being,
Behaviour, punctuality, attendance and attainment, Independence and outlook, role models and peer mentors
flexible mentoring packages
EXAMPLE MENTORING PACKAGE:
- Term time mentoring
- Reporting, monitoring, evaluation,
- Panel and multi-agency meetings,
- Parent, teacher and stakeholder meetings
- Lunch and break time supervision support
- Outcomes Star progress reporting
- On-site and optional off-site sessions
- Enrichment sessions
- School holiday support
- Family support
Engagement begins with an initial meeting between the mentor and mentee to create a mutual working agreement. This is the first step to begin to understand the mentee, their strengths and interests and the barriers they face; so that we are equipped to foresee any problems and avoid future relationship breakdown. We mutually agree what a good mentor looks like to them (e.g. listens well and doesn’t judge)
and what a good mentee looks like to us (honesty and commitment) so that we can be a good role model and shape a relationship that works for both parties. We combine quality 1:1 mentoring with compassionate but consistent behavioural boundary setting to reduce conflict, promote healthier futures, utilise strengths and reduce any repetitive patterns of disengagement both in and outside of school.
Team of authentic, trauma informed mentors with lived experience, ability to build rapport, trust, and respect
Positive pathways towards training and employment through our organisation’s community projects and links with local businesses
Quick start – no waiting skilled team of experienced mentors
Ongoing medium/light touch support and signposting
Mentors enhanced DBS checked children and adults
Peer mentoring qualifications and training available for mentees
Proven track record reduced exclusions, improved attendance and attainment
Joined-up, action orientated approach
meet the mentors
Hello, I’m Alex. I have lived experience of the criminal justice system which enables me to offer support to people who share similar barriers, encouraging them to lead a healthy and fulfilling life. My specialisms include offender management, early and intense youth intervention, gang and crime prevention strategies, anti-social behaviour management and substance misuse. I focus on building strong, consistent and trusting relationships that help unlock potential. I use a range of methods to address issues that may be preventing mentees from reaching their true potential – such as stigma, self-doubt, poverty, low educational attainment, criminal records or mental health problems.
Working with offenders and those at risk of offending / exclusion can be tough, but very rewarding. I provide constant and dedicated support and as a trusted non- authority figure with relatable lived experiences, I rapidly accelerate the process of moving young people with care and/or support needs forward into positive outcomes. This includes helping resolve stressful practical problems, finding fulfilling ways to spend their time, forming social networks and improving their chances for education or training and employment.
Hello, I’m Dwayne. My life experiences growing up in a tough area of Birmingham around young people experiencing complex and multiple issues and challenges provides me with the ability to build relationships and bonds with mentees that others may find difficult to achieve. They relate to my journey and trust me as a positive role model, to guide them, knowing that I have experienced many of the issues, pressures and barriers they are facing.
I support approximately 100 children and young people each year and in 2020 I led on 3 projects, working for the West Midlands Police & Crime Commissioner delivering early intervention and violence reduction programmes, supporting those identified as at risk of being drawn into gangs and violence.
I’m also a qualified Sports Therapist (BSc) and keen sportsman, which brings an exciting dimension as I can combine a range of sporting techniques with mentoring, diverting negative thoughts and behaviour into positive activities. I encourage mentees to engage in the life-changing benefits that physical activities can provide, enabling them to achieve outcomes that others may have considered impossible.
Hello, I’m Tal, I developed a passion for supporting young people and empowering them to reach suitable future destinations whilst travelling the world. I had an amazing time leading expeditions in the Canadian Mountains and the Amazon Rainforest with youth groups.
I teach young people vital skills to survive in hostile environments around the world. I have worked in pastoral care and taught young people to dance. I have completed my Summer Mountain Leader training and hold RGS water safety and expedition first aid qualifications awarded by the British Exploring Society.
I’m a specialist in career-related learning and I’m passionate about working with young people to enable them to think positively about their future, raising their aspirations and broadening their horizons.
Hello, I’m Hannah, an experienced Mentor and Youth Worker. For over 7 years, I have specialised in working with girls and young women aged 4-18 years, including many with care and/or support needs. I support mentees towards improved mental health and self-esteem through trauma-informed group and 1:1 intervention.
I’m passionate about empowering young people and ensuring they have the best possible life chances. My areas of expertise include low self-esteem, self-harm, mental health, anxiety, depression, ASD, CSE, abuse, gender and identity, adverse childhood experience, career-related learning and transition from primary school to secondary school.
Hello, I’m Stacey. I support parents, children and wider families to thrive both at home and in their communities. Utilising my extensive knowledge and parenting experiences, through home visits that develop their relationships and skills in a way that is right for them, using a wide range of developmental activities and connections with local services to help meet their emotional and social needs.
During my time with Gro-Mentoring, I’ve led several high profile projects in the community with people of all ages who are living with multiple complex needs. This includes adults and children with learning difficulties, those facing isolation and loneliness. I provide practical, emotional and well-being support to families living in women’s refuges across the Midlands.
In my role, I recognise and appreciate each family’s unique strengths and empower to set goals and action steps. Through my extensive networks, I am well placed to provide links to the wider community by identifying and locating resources that will empower families to lead healthier and happier lives.
Hi, I’m Damien, Crime Prevention Speaker.
In 2019 I was released from prison following a thirteen-year sentence. I share my story to prevent others from entering the criminal justice system and making the same mistakes I did. As a child, I made some poor choices and my participation in low-level crime soon escalated into gang affiliation. One day, I made a decision that would have devastating consequences and changed my life forever.
I grew up in a loving household with a strong support network around me. I had high aspirations, a promising future ahead of me with everything to live for; but I became attracted to a negative culture that could offer me money, the latest clothes, trainers and credibility. What I didn’t realise, was that with this lifestyle I would become trapped in a world I didn’t know, I found myself taking risks I would never have considered before.
Whilst in prison, I knew I had to use my time to reform, to learn and to work towards saving other young people from embarking on a journey that they would regret. I worked hard on my education and training and became a qualified Mentor and Youth Worker, Personal Trainer and achieved a BA Hons in Sport and Fitness.
I now specialise in the prevention of gang recruitment, knife crime and exploitation workshops. I am now a fully rehabilitated ex-offender with the desire and capability to change the lives of people who are tempted by or are already involved in criminality.
YOUR DEDICATED MENTOR
The mentor for your organisation will be matched to your needs. In addition to your assigned mentor, our team of skilled mentors are on hand to provide cover for illness or emergency and an alternative on request when you have mentees that require a different approach. For example, one of the organisations in which we mentor have mostly males needing support so prefer a dedicated male mentor, however one week a month they utilise one of our female mentors to support females.
Hi I’m sarah, ceo & designated safeguarding lead
My role is to ensure quality procedures, standards, specifications and customer requirements are achieved across the mentoring programme. My responsibilities are to ensure all mentors have a clear understanding of systems, procedures and best practices to ensure that all safeguarding and safety needs are met and that training is regularly carried out for continuous improvement across the team. I analyse the Outcomes Star reporting to see what is working well and where young people are on their journey. I support the mentors to agree which areas they will be working on with the mentees and how they are going to approach them. We meet at regular points to assess the stars which helps give a clear picture of what is working well and where things can still be improved.
I’m passionate about creating an inclusive environment where young people and their families are valued and never discriminated against. Health and well-being is an integral part of young peoples’ emotional, mental, social and spiritual health. Every young person is unique and I ensure that our mentoring programmes reflect this. We use an asset-based approach in our support, building on the strengths and capabilities the young people already possess, including those excluded from school or at risk of exclusion. Mentors play an instrumental part of the development of their mentees, helping them to understand and reflect on their journey and enabling them to reach their true potential and improve their life chances both in and outside of school.
The value of early intervention
We have an excellent track record of helping to prevent, divert, and provide ways out, for young people engaged in, or thought to be at risk of involvement in crime, gang activity and youth violence, reducing anger and improving communication, confidence and self-esteem. Mentors increase young peoples’ awareness of opportunities, steering them away from risky behaviour and enabling them to re-engage with training, education, and employment mentees improve their social and emotional skills which are powerful drivers of well being and social progress, helping mentees achieve long-term goals, work better with others and manage their emotions.
- Sexual Exploitation
- Child Criminalisation
- Samaritans Listener
- County Lines
- Modern Slavery
- Helping to reduce crime
- Creating a safer community
- Positive active citizenship
- First Aid
- Mental Health First Aid
- Adolescent Self Harm
- Good Autism Practice
- Stress Management
- Emotional Intelligence
- Adverse Childhood Experience
- Improving attendance for those with care or support needs
- Gender and Identity
- Domestic abuse and violence awareness
- Supporting young people to make safe choices about drugs
- Mental capacity
- Supporting decision making
- Suicide prevention and awareness in young people
- Child protection in schools
“The mentor has made more headway than anyone I know in such a short space of time. They have been able to engage the young person with challenging behaviours, achieving positive outcomes that we never thought were possible.”
SOLIHULL YOUTH OFFENDING SERVICE
“My mentor has brought me along to a lot of opportunities; meetings, interviews, talks and networking. It is the best thing to ever, ever happen to me. Knowing I have three little brothers and that they might need help in the future, I can change them and help them. I can mentor them.”
“The Gro-Mentoring mentor has been the lynchpin to keeping the high needs pupils in school and engaged.”
NICOLA FOWLES – HEAD TEACHER – COLESHILL HEATH SCHOOL
“You’re doing an amazing job with our pupils, we can feel and see the difference in school – thank you!”
HEAD TEACHER – BIRMINGHAM ACADEMY
“I am privileged that through mentoring I have been able to fulfil my life dream. Every day I use my personal life experiences and role of “Young Persons Mentor” to be an instrumental part of their development, enabling them to reach their true potential and improve their life chances both in and outside of school.”
DWAYNE – GRO-MENTORING MENTOR
“The mentor has provided an invaluable service to our young people. They have used their lived experiences and skills to secure positive outcomes and build relationships that have enabled mentees to significantly improve their behaviour and decision making.”
BIRMINGHAM AND SOLIHULL NHS TRUST
AWARDS AND RECOGNITION
"OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION TO COMMUNITY SOLIHULL CHAMBER 2020 AWARD"
"BEST MENTORING SERVICE 2020" MIDLANDS ENTERPRISE AWARDS
"THE QUEENS AWARD FOR VOLUNTARY SERVICE" 2019
"HIGHLY COMMENDED INSPIRING OTHERS" HIGH SHERIFF 2019
"OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION TO SOCIETY" GREATER ASIAN CHAMBERS 2018
"SOCIAL ENTERPRISE OF THE YEAR" BIRMINGHAM POST 2018
The objects of the company are to carry on activities which benefit the community and in particular (without limitation) to:
Provide services that reduce isolation and loneliness and support and empower communities so that they may continue to do this for each other, using the power of community creativity and the great outdoors.
Improve and support the mental, physical, and emotional well-being and life opportunities of all people in the communities in which we operate within the Midlands.
Run services in a variety of locations and settings including, but not limited to, local community centres and hubs, community gardens and allotments, primary, secondary schools, and colleges, PRU’s and domestic violence refuges.
Run services that support a diverse cross-section of the community including, but not limited to, children and young people, people in a refuge, NEETs, older people, people at the attention of the police or at risk of becoming so, unemployed, people with mental or physical health issues, long term conditions and/or learning difficulties and groups and/or individuals with care and/or support needs.