Nottingham Community Mentoring Initiative
Volunteer coordinator: Tammy Gibson
The Nottingham Community Mentoring Initiative is based on The Children's Society's National Mentoring Initiative piloted in London. We have been in operation since May 2010 and we were developed to provide adult mentoring for children and young people across the UK. This programme is now only Nottingham-based.
Mentoring gives someone to talk to, relax with and look up to. Mentors play an important role in supporting and advising young people on a variety of issues and subjects that they may wish to raise.
Mentors play a critical role in supporting and advising a child or young person. They are an independent and significant non-authoritarian, non-judgemental adult in a young person’s life.
Both mentors and young people benefit from the relationship. Research has shown that mentoring boosts young people's confidence and self-esteem. It also has educational benefits – young people who have a mentor are 52% less likely to play truant from school.