20 Jan 2011

The National Mentoring Initiative, run by The Children's Society and funded by a range of organisations including Greenwich Council, has held a glitzy graduation celebration for more than 300 people. The event, held on 15 January at Charlton Athletic Football Club, celebrated all of the work that mentors, mentees and project workers have put in over the last two years.

A group of ten young people from Greenwich organised the graduation event. They researched and booked the venue, booked entertainment and designed the decorations and invitations.

The Children's Society's National Mentoring Initiative has offered mentoring support to young people for over 100 young people in South and East London. These young people have been meeting their mentors, working on self-confidence, career paths, attendance at school and achieving their goals.  

The graduation ceremony was an inspiring afternoon with a mix of fun, moving speeches and a presentation from the Deputy Mayor and Mayoress of Greenwich, Jim and Janet Gillman.

Every young person received certificates, a family resource pack to support the young people and families to continue the positive work they have been doing and a mentoring badge that one of the young people, Kyle Schersmith designed.  Two young mentees gave speeches about how mentoring helped them to address the issues they faced.

Claire Wetton, Programme Manager at The Children's Society’s National Mentoring Initiative, said: “This event marked the amazing work that the mentoring scheme has achieved in helping the young people to grow and develop. Their input into the organisation of the event has been invaluable.

“The mentoring initiative has received fantastic reports from parents, teachers and the young people themselves and this event was a fitting celebration of everyone’s contribution”.


For photography or any more information, please contact Rafi Cooper in The Children's Society’s media office. Tel: 020 7841 4526, rafi.cooper@childsoc.org.uk.

Notes to Editor

The Children’s Society wants to create a society where children can be children, childhood is respected and every child is valued for who they are. Our approach is driven by our Christian values and by the voices of children and young people, who are at the heart of all we do. In 2009 The Children’s Society published The Good Childhood Inquiry, the UK's first independent national inquiry into childhood. Its aims were to renew society's understanding of modern childhood and to inform, improve and inspire all our relationships with children. The Children's Society is continuing to improve this understanding of issues affecting children through all of its ongoing work.


We have received support from many people and organisations, and would like an opportunity to thank some of them here.

Crown Woods School, Blackheath Bluecoats School, John Roan School, Hackney Free and Parochial School, Raines Foundation School, St John’s of Blackheath Church, Greenwich University, Greenwich Volunteers Centre.

Our work has been possible due to the generous contributions from the following

· Pears Foundation
· V Foundation
· Schroders
· Greenwich Council
· Swiss Re
· Carol Kennedy
· Richard Millar
· Richard Harvey

We would like to thank them for their generous support over the past year, which has enabled us to set up this Initiative. Without this funding the work that we do would not be possible, and we appreciate their support.