Mentoring can enhance the services our youth partners already provide by helping young people to improve their work readiness and academic success.
During the COVID-19 pandemic we will only be able to offer mentoring online to youth partners who work with young people aged 18-25 years.
I think the programme is fantastic. It offers the students a real insight into what it’s like outside of school, it offers the opportunity to meet with people who are from a completely different background and it encourages social mobility – it’s an opportunity they need to grab with both hands. Alison Boyd, Burnage Academy for Boys, Manchester
What do mentors do?
One young person. One mentor. One-to-one. One hour a month.
We train all kinds of people to be mentors, who will likely to have five years general working experience or 2 years post-graduate working experience − whether working, retired or on a career break − who are digitally matched with our youth partners. Mentors are then introduced to their mentee, who they meet for one hour, once a month, for up to a year.
If the young person is over the age of 18 mentoring can take place at a date and time to suit the mentor and mentee, although our safeguarding policy necessitates that all meetings must be held in a public place. Thanks to our online training, which includes a mandatory module on safeguarding, mentors are fully equipped and prepared for their first conversation with a young person.
This is one great opportunity, for one of your students. One life changed.
Why is mentoring valuable for young people?
One young person. One mentor. One-to-one. One hour a month.
By connecting with young people at a crucial life stage, mentoring can raise a young person’s aspirations in areas such as further education, the world of work or social action. Mentoring can be a catalyst for positive life choices and exceptional achievement, transforming a young person’s future.
The advantages for young people include:
- Improving well-being and confidence
- Boosting employability skills
- Widening social networks
- Increasing personal effectiveness, and
- Increasing exposure to the world of work
What we expect of you
As a youth partner, we will support you in setting up and maintaining the mentoring programme; however, we do require one member of staff to be a designated “Mentor Coordinator” and manage the programme internally. This will involve completing DBS checks, being the first point of contact for mentors, organising mentoring sessions and supporting 1MM in collecting surveys and demographic information.
How to take part?
- Register your organisation: Complete this form.
- Induction Pack: We’ll send a detailed induction pack and support you step by step.
- Post an opportunity: You’ll post an opportunity; mentors can apply for you to accept.
- Mentor Induction: We’ll help you host a Mentor Induction – welcome mentors, share objectives, conduct safeguarding checks etc.
- Match mentors to mentees: Review mentor profiles to match to your young people.
- Mentee induction & begin mentoring: We’ll run a brief Mentee Induction – helping prepare your students for getting the most from a mentoring relationship.
Frequently Asked Questions
No, it’s free to youth partners. Schools, colleges, universities, or youth organisations will complete any DBS checks needed. DBS checks for volunteers are free, but there may be a small admin charge.
You’ll be asked to sign a Collaboration Agreement. These documents lay out the roles and responsibilities, and ensure confidentiality and in particular, safeguarding.
Currently, all mentoring sessions are to take place virtually, through video conferencing tools such as Zoom or Microsoft Teams. If over the course of the year, Health & Safety guidelines allow and both the mentee and mentor agree, then we recommend that meetings should take place somewhere public such as where they work or study, a coffee shop or library.
Anyone with working experience can be an effective mentor. They just need to be:
- Aged 25 or over
- Working, retired or on a career break
- Prepared to give one hour, per month for up to 12 months
- Registered on the 1MM platform, with profile and training completed to help matching
Mentors will complete a profile on our platform, which includes details of their profession, and a personal statement, as well as selecting areas in which they feel they can help a young person. These details will be used to align with the goals and ambitions of the young people. If there are any specific preferences required, this can be taken into consideration.
1MM wants mentoring to be available to every young person who:
- Needs support, advice and guidance to fulfil their potential
- Is fully committed to attending mentoring sessions for one hour, once a month for up to a year
- Will make the most of the opportunity by doing some background work ahead of each session
If you feel that your young people have any specific requirements, please discuss this with the 1MM team.
Yes, please direct them to our website where they can individually sign up.
Yes, please refer to the Youth Partner handbook, which will be received at the Youth Partner induction.
Every partner we engage with will have to have a robust safeguarding policy and practice in place. You will be responsible for ensuring all the relevant safeguarding checks are completed and that there’s a safe environment for the mentoring to take place.
We’ll ask you to sign a legal document which states what the roles and responsibilities are for safeguarding. We’ll also ask you to provide us with contact details for your designated Safeguarding Lead and send us your safeguarding policies. We’d ideally like two references from mentors.
Once you’ve registered at 1mm.org.uk we’ll send over a welcome pack with full information on our safeguarding procedures. We’re happy to answer any extra questions over the phone.
If a safeguarding incident occurs, you must follow your safeguarding procedures and let a member of the 1MM team know immediately.
An enhanced DBS check is essential before they can meet their mentee if the young person is under 18 or classed as a vulnerable adult. If you work with under 18s, DBS checks will be undertaken by you.
No, if a mentor is registered on the DBS Update service with an enhanced DBS check, you can make sure this is still valid by entering their name and certificate number onto the website at www.gov.uk/dbs-update-service. Mentors will need to give explicit permission for you to check their record, as well as provide their DBS certificate number and a photo ID (such as driving license or passport). This check only takes a few minutes and is completely free.