How we can help
We work with children and young people aged 5-18 who have been identified as struggling – supporting them to meet their potential and fully engage in their education and enjoyable, positive activities.
We recruit, train and support specialist volunteer mentors to work in partnership with young people; engaging them in building their resilience and improving their life chances. We approach mentoring support as a partnership between the mentor and the young-person based on valuing the young person’s views, strengths, beliefs and feelings in order to foster self-esteem, self-confidence, aspirations and problem-solving skills.
Our theory-based approach uses the Option 2 Model, utilising mentoring support as natural turning point to help young people move in a positive direction We build on the young person’s (sometimes hidden) strengths, skill and values in order to collaboratively reduce anti-social behaviour and safeguarding concerns. In addition we aim to improve relationships, school attendance, participation, interests and skills.
Mentoring sessions are delivered using a 5-ways to Wellbeing toolkit. This has been shown to help children and young people overcome barriers to reach their full potential. Mentors support a young person to identify areas of interest, opportunities and goals that will improve their wellbeing.
Who this service is for
This service is for you if you are:
- aged between 5-18
- living in Sheffield
- at risk of exclusion from school, participating in anti-social behaviour or having difficulties with family relationships
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SMS is funded by Sheffield City Council