Sheffield Service

Specialist Mentoring Service (SMS)

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 apprach uses the Option 2 Model, utisising mentoring support as natural turning point to help young people move in a paotive direction We build on the young person’s (sometimes hidden) strengths, skill ans values in order ti collaborativly reduce anti-social behaviour and safeguarding concerns. In addtion we aim to improve relationships, school attendance, particitpation, interstes 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

SMS opening times

Monday 15:30-19:00 

Wednesday 16:00-20:00

Thursday 15:30-19:00


SMS is funded by Sheffield City Council

Airedale Voluntary Drug and Alcohol Agency trading as Project 6 is a registered charity number 1173006 and a company limited by guarantee and registered in England and Wales number 3430925

Contact Us

Call Us: 0114 258 7553


646 Abbeydale Rd, S7 2BB


Office Opening Hours

9.00 AM - 5.00 PM
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