We encourage the growth and development of mentoring and befriending by sharing our expert knowledge to run projects and pilot schemes to support the implementation of mentoring and befriending across all areas of society.
We do this to find new areas and sectors where effective mentoring and befriending can be applied. And where they are already applied; we look to improve the processes involved, and outcomes and outputs achieved. We also test the viability of different mentoring and befriending models. If you’d like us to run a pilot or develop something with or for you, please contact us on 0161 272 6041 or email infoMandB@ncvo.org.uk.
Some of our current projects are listed below. You can find out more about past projects that we’ve been involved in too.
Remploy Mentoring for Success project
We are offering a mentoring service covering many parts of the UK, to support disabled and disadvantaged employees whose jobs may have been put at risk. The programme aims to recruit approximately 500 volunteer mentors and befrienders in various locations in the UK to support these Remploy employees who may require specific support from developing life skills through to help finding work.
Timeline: May 2012 – December 2014
Sussex Schools Peer Support programme
This programme provides free training and support for designated schools in West Sussex to set up peer support projects focused on improving the emotional health and wellbeing of pupils. Piloted in 2012-13 with 25 schools, the programme provided training for over 500 primary, secondary and special school pupils. During 2013-14 it is being rolled out to a further 20 schools.
Funded by: West Sussex County Council
Timeline: Sept 2013 – June 2014
Mentoring for employment success
We’ve partnered with Remploy to deliver a joint pilot project to examine how mentoring and befriending can support disabled or disadvantaged people into sustainable employment. The pilot project will initially be focused in the North West to test the benefits of using a more formalised approach to mentoring which if successful could be mainstreamed in other regions and included within the Work Programme.
Funded by: MBF and Remploy
Timeline: April 2011- March 2014
London monitoring and evaluation project
The aim of the project is to increase the effectiveness and quality of monitoring and evaluation of London project staff through a package of tailored support utilising existing proven frameworks, toolkits and training.
Operating through our existing London networks, this two year project aims to build capacity within 120 projects.
Funded by: City Bridge Trust
Timeline: May 2012 – May 2014