Developed after three years of the successful delivery of the Mayors Mentoring Programme. This experience enabled a smooth transition to KORI’s own Community Mentoring Programme.

Many of the young people that are referred for mentoring are described as socially excluded, vulnerable or disaffected or need career mentoring, academic mentoring or just someone to talk to. Many have experienced family problems and most have grown up in poverty. Many have also been excluded from school. The mentors are trained and have a current DBS (previously known as crb). 
Change Referral process:

Once referred meetings are first held with referral agencies and/or parents. We spend a while getting to know the young person and then match them with a mentor that they feel happy with. All young people referred to the programme are welcome at our other programmes. This will offer them the chance to engage in exciting activities as well as meeting with their mentor. 
There is no cost for young people referred to this programme. However, it is important that they attend each week to enable success.

We also build supportive relationship with parents and work with a wide range of services enabling effective sign posting. We ensure a caring and stable environment that really supports the relationship between the mentor and the mentee. The relationships lasts for a minimum of a year.

The criteria for referral is as follows:

  • For children and young people of any race or gender ages 7-16 years old
  • All referrals must involve the parents or carers
  • The commitment must last for at least six months
  • Everyone involved with the young person should be part of communication and evaluation to support the success of the intervention

Referral Process

Once referred meetings are first held with referral agencies and/or parents. We spend a while getting to know the young person and then match them with a mentor that they feel happy with. All young people referred to the programme attend one of the timetabled weekly clubs for free at the KORI Hub in Turnpike lane. This will offer them the chance to engage in exciting activities as well as meeting with their mentor.

Where necessary young people can be collected from school to support them being able to reach their sessions. There is no cost for young people referred to this programme. However, it is important that they attend each week to enable the intervention be successful.