Mentoring is powerful.A small investment of time can have a positive,lifelong impact on a young person.

The Power of Mentoring | Reggie Nelson | TEDxUniversityofEssex

The Mentoring Impact
Mentoring contributes to healthy brain development and stronger communities.
Research shows that being involved in a mentoring relationship has a positive impact on a young person's school attendance, social skills, attitude, and behaviour with friends and family. Mentoring is also shown to play a role in preventing or reducing young person's involvement in alcohol, drugs, and crime.

Research also shows that:

  • One of the most effective interventions for at-risk young people is ensuring access to a caring and responsible adult role model (Satchwell, 2006).
  • Young person in care with mentoring relationships had higher educational attainment, less suicidal risk, less physical aggression and improved general health (Ahrens, Dubois, Richardson, Fan & Lozano, 2008).
  • Mentored young people report fewer depressive symptoms, greater acceptance by their peers, more positive beliefs about their ability to succeed in school, and better grades in school (Herrera, DuBois & Grossman, 2013).

Need some extra help and support?
Below we've listed organisations which can be helpful if young people or their family / carers need some extra support.

Call: 0808 801 0711
What they do: Under 18s helpline, webchat and online support groups for people with eating disorders, such as anorexia and bulimia

CEOPS Child Exploitation and Online Protection
What they do:The place to report any concerns about online sexual abuse and grooming

Call: 0117 360 4040
What they do: Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services is the name for NHS-provided services in England and Wales for children, generally until school-leaving age, who are having difficulties with their emotional or behavioural well-being

Call: free on 0800 1111
What they do: Childline is a counselling service for children and young people, offering information, advice and support to anyone up to their 19th birthday.Get help and advice about a wide range of issues, call them, talk to a counsellor online, send Childline an email or post on the message boards. Access the Calm Zone for activities and tools to support feelings of worry or anxiety.Topics children can speak about confidentially include bullying, abuse, safety and the law.

Inspiring Young Lives
Website:Inspiring Young Lives
What they do: A resource written by us here at Mentoring Plus with tips, inspiration, educational tools and wellbeing resources

Online: Monday - Friday 12pm - 10pm, Saturday - Sunday 6pm - 10pm
What they do: Online counselling and emotional well-being platform for children and young people, accessible through mobile, tablet and desktop and free at the point of use. Free, safe and anonymous online support for young people

Call: 0300 123 3393
Text: 86463
What they do: Advice around mental health problems, where to get help near you, treatment options, advocacy services

Papyrus Hopeline UK
Call: 0800 068 4141
Text: 07786 209697
Website: Papyrus Hopeline UK
What they do: Confidential support for under-35s at risk of suicide and others who are concerned about them

Call : 116 123
Website : Samaritans
What they do: 24-hour emotional support for anyone who needs to talk

Call: 0808 800 4444
What they do: Charity working for people in housing need by providing free, independent, expert housing advice.

The Mix
Call: 0808 808 4994
Text: 85258 (crisis messenger service, send text THEMIX)
Website:The Mix
Support and advice for under 25s, including webchat.

Young Minds
Call: Parent/carer helpline 0808 8025544
Text: If you need urgent help text YM to 85258 for free. All texts are answered by trained volunteers, with support from experienced clinical supervisors. Texts are free from EE, O2, Vodafone, 3, Virgin Mobile, BT Mobile, GiffGaff, Tesco Mobile and Telecom Plus.
Website:Young Minds
What they do: Support young people in crisis

Young Stonewall
Call: 0800 050 2020
Website:Young Stonewall
What they do: Information and support for all young lesbian, gay, bi and trans people

Winston's Wish
Freephone National Helpline on 08088 020 021.
Website:Winston's Wish
What they do:They provide specialist child bereavement support services across the UK, supporting grieving children and their families. This includes in-depth therapeutic support in individual, group and residential settings, as well as a Freephone National Helpline

Cruse Bereavement Care
National Helpline: 0808 808 1677
Website:Cruse Bereavement Care
What they do:Cruse offers telephone, email and website support for all bereaved people of any age specifically for children and young people.

Anna Freud Centre
Website:Anna Freud Centre
T: +44 (0)20 7794 2313
What they do:Young people told us that when they are struggling they are usually told to see a professional.
They don't often get much advice about how they could help themselves.

The Mental Health Foundation
Website::Mental Health Foundation
Tel:+44 (0)20 7803 1100
What they do: Clear advice from the Mental Health Foundation about ways to help young people manage their feelings about returning to school after lockdown. The site also has links to lots of other helpful, free resources for parents including the option to download Axel Scheffler's free children's book on coronavirus and a multitude of articles for older children and teens from Young Scot.

Trauma Resonance and Resilience in conversation with VSH Jancis Andrew,Lisa Cherry

Social, Emotional and Mental Health ( SEMH)
SEMHFor more information about this scheme please visit:SEMH

Self Help Resources for Mental Health Problems
Online cognitive behavioural therapy site
Meditation/ relaxation and sleep resources

Save the ChildrenThe Den - resources to help parents and kids through lockdown

Children's Commissioner Childhood in the time of Covid

Future Learn Teaching students who have suffered complex trauma

The Children's Society The Advice Hub

NSPCC Attachment and child development

Oxford Rees, CentreEducation and care: A resource for young people

Beacon's House Developmental Trauma

A strategy for teachers, Lisa Cherry Dealing with trauma in the classroom

Education Endowment Foundation Special Educational Needs in Mainstream Schools

Really Useful Book of Learning and Earning for Care Leavers Learning and Work Institute


SEND Online Safety Hub, Net Aware/NSPCC

Ambitious about Autism Autism and Early Years

Open House' on Autism, Association for Child and Adolescent Mental Health

Autism Transitions

Understanding Autism, Future Learn

Anti-Bullying Week, Anti-Bullying Alliance

The Coronavirus Vaccine Explained,Ambitious About Autism

Conference 2020, including ACEs, Language Development and Resilience, Early Intervention Foundation

British Sign Language Lessons

Language Support

Dice Spelling Game

Long a sound

Long e sound

Past tense game

Sequencing Cards

Using Visuals

Calming crisis

Ataxia UK

What is emotional resilience,The Children's Society

Covid-19: Psychological First Aid, FutureLearn

Looking After a Child and Young Person's Mental Health, NHS

Lost for Words, Advice or children about coping with grief, Grief Awareness Week

Understanding What Shapes Child Well-being in Rich CountriesUnicef

Resilience framework for children and young people, YoungMinds

Young people and mental health,Future Learn

Social media and mental health,Young Minds

Every Mind Matters Self-Care Tool

utm_campaign=march21_phe_everfi&utm_content=emmtoolcta&utm_medium=email&utm_source=subscriber*], Public Health England

PHE School Zone, Public Health England

PHSE Association

SEND planning framework,PHSE Association

PHSE statutory guidance, DfE

Employability Skills Toolkit, PwC
National Cyber Security Centre's CyberFirst offers free resources for young people interested in cyber security:

Free courses for 11 - 17 year olds

Bursary and Degree apprenticeship

Annual Girls Competition

Easy to follow Excel tutorial , fully illustrated + 300 examples
Online resource for skills building
"Udacity is the world's fastest, most efficient way to master the skills tech companies want. 100% online, part-time & self-paced."

Subjects and General Interest
Online learning support resource for GCSE/ A-Level/ KS2 and KS3
Maths Learning support
University of the 3rd age, online courses for more mature students
Online courses from MIT
Free online courses
Artistic exploration website
Learn new languages online
Online sci-fi books
Especially good for maths and computing for all ages but other subjects at Secondary level. Note this uses the U.S. grade system but it's mostly common material.
This site is old and no longer updated and yet there's so much still available, from language learning to BBC Bitesize for revision. No TV licence required except for content on BBC iPlayer.BBC Learning
Free to access 100s of courses, only pay to upgrade if you need a certificate in your name (own account from age 14+ but younger learners can use a parent accountFuturelearn
Free taster courses aimed at those considering Open University but everyone can access it. Adult level, but some e.g. nature and environment courses could well be of interest to young people.Openlearn
Learn computer programming skills - fun and free.Blockly
Creative computer programmingScratch
All sorts of engaging educational videosTed Ed
Activities and quizzes for younger kids.National Geographic Kids
Learn languages for free. Web or app.Duolingo
Mystery ScienceFree science lessons
The Kids Should See Wide range of cool educational videos
Crash CourseYou Tube videos on many subjects
Science awards you can complete from home.Crest Awards
Digital enterprise award scheme you can complete online.iDEA Awards
Free challenge packs and other downloads. Many activities can be completed indoors. Badges cost but are optional.Paw Print Badges
All kinds of making.Tinkercad
A lot of these can be done in a garden, or if you can get to a remote forest location!Nature Detectives
Resources for English language learningBritish Council
Aimed at Secondary age. Multi disciplinary activities.Big History Project
Geography gaming!Geography Games
If you have a stamp and a nearby post box.Blue Peter Badges
Good, free art activitiesThe Artful Parent
Educational online gamesToy Theater
Activities and quizzesDK Find Out
This is more for printouts, and usually at a fee, but they are offering a month of free access to parents in the event of school closures.[Twinkl=]
Play DnD and other RPGs with friends online or make new friends and learn how to play. It's free for basic serivce (which is likely all you will need)[
Your Friends.Your Games.Your Table=]
There's a link to themes and collections in the drop down menu, and virtual gallery tours to check out
Audiobooks. Like Audible, but FREE! Basically if you aren't aware, Project Gutenberg stores all books which are outside copyright (and therefore free to read
Librivox is where people have taken these books and then narrated them
Free online operas
Free online puzzles
You can help make a difference and keep boredom at bay right here
Complete online free music concerts
Online theatre productions=[]
Online plays and theatrical performances
Free website for learning languages which can be very useful if you're looking to learn a new language. Also comes in a phone app which is very good
Free old novels and short story collections can be found on Project Gutenberg and Wikisource:
Free old novels and short story collections can be found on Project Gutenberg and Wikisource
Virtual museum tours
Free colouring books to download and print