Mentoring is a simple but effective way for one person to give their support to someone else who is going through a tough time or wants encouragement in making difficult decisions. We are continuing to mentor troubled and vulnerable young people and families by adapting our service during the Covid-19 pandemic to provide support via email, apps and telephone.
Early help support
Surrey Care Trust gained the Early Help contract from Surrey County Council in January 2020 to offer mentoring across 10 of the 11 districts and boroughs – see below for our work in Reigate and Banstead Borough which is not covered by this contract.
The Early Help contract is designed to support some of the most isolated or vulnerable families in Surrey, so that they can make positive changes and feel more confident about themselves and their futures. The mentoring delivery is designed on an individual basis to suit the specific needs of the young people and parents involved. Find out how mentoring has helped Tom and Daisy.
As the service is targeted at families with children aged 5 to 11 as well as families with young people aged 11-19, we have established a partnership with Home-Start to deliver services to the 0-5 age group.
Click here to access the referral form.
We offer mentoring to people of all ages who value the support of someone independent to help them in gaining confidence and making positive changes they need to get back into employment.
Most of our current mentoring work for adults is in the borough of Reigate and Banstead. The Working Together for Work and Local Learning Perspectives projects are funded by the European Social Fund and the National Lottery Community Fund and provide mentoring and other support, including volunteering opportunities on our Gateway Community Allotment in Redhill, to help people to get back to work. Read more about these projects here.
Gateway Community Allotment project
The Gateway Community Allotment project is funded by the European Social Fund and the National Lottery Community Fund. Based in Earlswood on land provided by Reigate and Banstead Council, it aims to help anyone at risk of isolation and the long-term unemployed to make positive changes by developing practical skills and to benefit from the therapeutic benefits of gardening. Additional individual support is also available from one of the Trust’s trained volunteer mentors.
As improving confidence, skills and self-esteem are key to enabling people to develop and progress into training, education or employment, clients are encouraged to take the lead and make suggestions. But the project also enables people to feel comfortable to do as much or as little as they choose during sessions – just being present in a safe outdoor space can have a profound effect on an individual’s mental health. If you are unemployed or
suffering from ill-health, struggle with depression or a lack of confidence then our project may be able to help you – click here to find out more. If you are a professional providing help and support to vulnerable clients and would like to make a referral, click here for more information or contact our project staff – details below.
For more information contact: Gemma Seldon, our Gateway Horticulture Community Project Administrator on 07771 961619 or Zahra Dhaimish, our Gateway Horticulture Community Project Co-ordinator, 07875 589298.
Covid-19 Support Groups
Thanks to funding from the Community Foundation for Surrey, we are trailing a pilot project to provide support to people living in Reigate and Banstead, affected by the Covid-19 virus.
Our Covid-19 Support Groups bring together people who have had the virus, or family members whose loved ones have had the virus, people who have lost a loved one because of the Covid-19 virus or complications arising from the virus with a trained therapist. Our online sessions last for one hour during the evening and you can take part for as long you need. Guided by our therapist, each group will be encouraged to provide informal support to one another and use talking therapy to explore emotions, problems and solutions. Just knowing you are not alone can be a real comfort too.
Dates for the group sessions are:
For more information about the groups contact Cathy Leamon – call 07730 570305 or email email@example.com
Join us a volunteer mentor
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Mentoring is a valuable way of giving your time to help other people. No one says it is easy! But it can be hugely rewarding.
Sometimes we ask our volunteers to work with people who can be hard to reach and resistant to accepting help and support. Building a rapport and helping them in taking positive steps requires patience and understanding.
Do you enjoy a challenge? Are you resilient? Are you open-minded and non-judgemental? Do you enjoy meeting people from all walks of life? Do you have time to meet someone regularly, usually once a week?
If your answers are YES we would love to hear from you. We provide free training, over three or four sessions which will help you decide if mentoring is for you. There is no commitment if you decide it isn’t.
Read about Aimee’s experience of being a mentor for the Surrey Care Trust.