A selection of pictures showing different mentoring and befriending relationships

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Some of the pilot projects and initiatives we’ve run or been involved with in the past, include:

NOMS volunteering and mentoring project

*justmentoring is now managed by the organisation Clinks and is hosted on their website*

Supporting the development of mentoring and volunteering services for adult offenders and ex-offenders through improving the accessibility of information on quality-assured mentoring services in England and Wales.

The focal point of the project is the development of a hub of mentoring and volunteering information aimed at offenders (in prison and on probation), prison and probation staff, members of the public and voluntary organisations. View the hub at www.justmentoring.org.uk

Funded by: NOMS (National Offender Management Service)
Timeline: November 2011 – March 2014

Read more about the NOMS volunteering and mentoring project

Mentoring for employment success

We ran this project in partnership with Remploy to support disabled and disadvantaged people into work through a volunteer-based mentoring programme across Greater Manchester.

Funded by:  Big Lottery Fund’s Reaching Communities programme
Timeline:  April 2012 – March 2014

Read more about the Mentoring for employment success project

Civil society peer mentoring programme 

We ran a pilot mentoring project across the North West region of England aimed at leaders and senior managers of civil society organisations.Voluntary Sector North West were our official voluntary sector partner, alongside Yorkshire Bank and Co-operative Bank (part of the Co-operative Financial Services) who were our official business partners.

Funded by: MBF
Timeline: April 2011 – March 2012

Read more about the Civil society peer mentoring programme

Employee supported volunteering – Building a business case for mentoring

Quality mentoring programmes can offer employers flexible, diverse and sustainable employee volunteering opportunities which can develop employee skills and contribute to their corporate and social responsibility objectives. 

We worked with a number of employers involved in mentoring and befriending to develop evidence to demonstrate a robust business case for quality mentoring and befriending employee supported volunteering. A case study evaluation report examined the skills and competencies which can be gained by employees and employers engaged with mentoring ESV activity and makes recommendations for future good practice to drive up employee volunteering in mentoring.

Funded by: Office for Civil Society, Cabinet Office
Timeline: April 2011-  March 2012

Read more about our work on employee supported volunteering

Mentoring and befriending in Europe

Mentoring and Befriending in Europe was a European partnership project between six organisations involved in supporting or providing mentoring and befriending programmes in their own countries. 

The partnership project aimed to share learning between European mentoring and befriending organisations.

Funded by: Previously Lifelong Learning Programme
Timeline: 2008-2010

Read more about the Mentoring and Befriending in Europe project

European Year for Volunteering 2011

The European Year of Volunteering is a celebration of the commitment of millions of people in Europe who work in their communities during their free time without being paid – for example in volunteering as mentors and befrienders.

We would like to see more people volunteering within mentoring and befriending. CSV in partnership with MBF, BBC Radio One and the Humanitas Association, ran a high profile conference for public service broadcasters and volunteering organisations to share ideas about how to attract volunteers through broadcasting, how to promote volunteering and how to show the success stories.

Funded by: European Commission
Timeline: 2011

Read more about our work for the European Year for Volunteering 2011

Peer Mentoring Outcomes Measurement Programme

The programme helped schools monitor and evaluate the success of their peer mentoring schemes and ensure that their work supported the school’s overall aims and objectives. Over 50 schools were supported to develop appropriate tools to measure the distance travelled for the young people accessing the peer mentoring.

Read the programme’s report: Peer Mentoring in Schools

Funded by: Department for Children, Schools and Families
Timeline: April 2009-March 2011

14-19 Greater Manchester Challenge Peer Mentoring pilot

The pilot helped to increase awareness amongst young people of new learning opportunities, progression routes and to raise their aspirations. We trained and supported project co-ordinators to embed sustainable peer mentoring programmes for pupils aged 14-19 across Greater Manchester schools.

We also trained peer mentors to provide support and encouragement to other students so that they could promote further education as a future progression route option. And so they knew where to signpost students to access information, advice and guidance (IAG).

Funded by: Greater Manchester local authorities and the Department for Children, Schools and Families
Timeline: April
2010-September 2010

National Anti-Bullying Peer Mentoring pilot

The pilot’s purpose was to explore how peer mentoring could be used to reinforce anti-bullying initiatives in a range of school settings. 150 primary, secondary and special schools across England participated.

Read the National Anti-Bullying Peer Mentoring pilot’s evaluation report

Funded by: Department for Children, Schools and Families
Timeline: April
2008-March 2010

Offender Mentoring pilot

The pilot’s purpose was to reduce re-offending and improve employability skills by helping to improve standards of mentoring and befriending services currently delivered within organisations working with ex-offenders in the North East.

We worked with these organisations to develop and test a pilot training programme for volunteers based on existing good practice and to map the programme to national occupational standards for mentoring developed by Skills for Justice.

Read the LSC Offender Mentoring Pilot Project evaluation report

Funded by: Learning and Skills Council North East (now the Skills Funding Agency)
January 2009-March 2010

National Peer Mentoring pilot

The pilot’s purpose was to evaluate the effectiveness of different peer mentoring models in schools and to assess the impact that they were having on the students involved.

A dissemination manual was produced as a guide for schools on the benefits of peer mentoring and includes delivery models around attainment, behaviour, anti-bullying and transition.

An independent evaluationof the pilot was carried out by the University of Canterbury.

Funded by: Department for Children, Schools and Families
April 2006-March 2008

Mentoring for Looked After Children pilot

The pilot’s purpose was to evaluate the role of peer mentoring on Looked After Children between the ages of 10 to 15.

A dissemination manual was produced in partnership with Rainer (now part of Catch22) and the Prince’s Trust to share everything that was learnt from the pilot. In particular, the different models of delivery and the different elements of each that were seen to be beneficial. Much of what the manual contains has relevance to more generic models of mentoring with young people, not just to those that are part of the looked after population.

An independent evaluation report was commissioned to provide independent evaluation of the outcomes of the mentoring and the different models of delivery. It identified positive outcomes for the mentees, specifically in attainment and well-being, and recognised significant levels of good practice within the pilot that are recommended for future programmes.

Funded by: Department for Children, Schools and Families
Timeline: April
2007-March 2008


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