Long-term mentoring makes a real difference to disadvantaged young people.
Mentoring can improve self-esteem, widen horizons and raise aspirations.
It can help young people learn to control their anger; prevent them getting into dangerous situations and stop them from causing harm or damage to themselves or people and things around them.
If only for a short time each week, it can give them the opportunity just to be children – to enjoy a picnic, jump in the surf or critique the current fashion trends without worrying about what else is going on in often chaotic young lives.
Academic research backs up the direct evidence collected by our local volunteers, indicating that mentors are often the only stable adult relationship in these young people’s lives.
If there were such a thing, the average relationship would cost around £2,000 per year to support. PROMISEworks has also established a mental health fund which pays for additional therapeutic sessions when these are considered necessary to support a young person.
In June 2022 PROMISEworks received The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service. The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service aims to recognise the outstanding work being carried out by local volunteer groups to the benefit of their communities. It was created in 2002 to celebrate The Queen’s Golden Jubilee. Recipients are announced each year on the 2nd June, the anniversary of The Queen’s Coronation.