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Mentoring Service (CEOs, Trustees, Participation Leads and Campaigners)

Young Voices Heard offers a range of support services to both organisations and young people. Mentoring is one of those services, stand-alone or part of a broad range of support to your youth participation strategy. (We also audit, assess and develop strategies).

What is YVH Mentoring? It is the provision of personal support, assistance and encouragement within the context of an agreed professional and structured relationship, with agreed goals, over a set piece of time. A mentee can expect to be heard, access advice, be signposted information, and introduced to networks and other resources to take forward learning and personal development. YVH mentoring prioritises listening over coaching, but through sharing experiences of similar situations, aims to open up informed choices to the mentee. Sessions include reflection, goal setting and review of progress, and can be tailored to occur at times of transition, or before and after key events (e.g. a trustee board meeting). Sessions are confidential within safeguarding guidance, and either take place in a public place, or via social media, and can include an email support. Boundaries and expectations are customised and agreed at the start and records of mentor meeting are kept.


Who is Mentoring for? It can be  ‘one-to-one’ or ‘group mentoring’ to either young people aged 18-25 who are: Trustees, CEOs, Campaigners, and/or organisation leads responsible for youth participation, consultation, or support – from CEO to Project Lead.



Who is our Mentor? – James Cathcart is our principle mentor, trained by the Prince’s Trust where he not only worked as a volunteer mentor for eight years (2002-2010), but was employed developing and rolling out a national mentor programme, and accompanying standards. He is also a former Queens Young Leader Mentor (2018). James is a qualified social worker/youthworker registered with Medway Youth Service with a current Enhanced Disclosure Barring check.

Who is this aimed at?  Organisations willing but to empower meaningful youth participation and engagement; Young People who are learning about their role, and starting out and want more training and support; Organisation Leads/Specialists, Chairs and CEOs responsible to developing or implementation a youth participation strategy; in both civil society organisations, public, voluntary and commericial organisations too.

Cost – Organisations should contact YVH to discuss fees/contract. As YVH is also a social enterprise with a public purpose /benefit – a small number of pro bono/sponsored places are reserved for young people who are starting their own enterprise. YVH can also advice or undertake fundraising to support mentoring or your broader participation strategy.

Sponsors – We are looking for new sponsors and partners to help us deliver this service – especially for young trustees and start-ups – and would like to introduce a peer mentoring initiative in 2020. Please Contact: