Young people and parents that access mentoring often struggle with depression, anxiety and stress. Brought on as they face up to pressures from home, school or work, their peers, family and wider society. Often they resort to negative coping strategies such as disruptive or addictive behaviour, isolation or self-harm.
“The most important thing to offer someone, is the opportunity to be listened to, somewhere they feel safe. The first thing we do when we meet a young person is to give them hope. Then we can assess where they are at in their life and help them look for steps forward” (Alistair, The Door’s Mentoring Team Leader)
A volunteer mentor meets one to one with their mentee for about an hour a week . Offering support, guidance and most importantly listening to what their mentee has to say.
“Mentoring creates friendships that turn people’s lives around.”
This gift will be used where it is most needed in The Door’s Family Support Service.