Starting Point’s Mentoring Toolbox provides resources that enables our mentors to equip the young people they are working with to help them move forward.
Our mentoring is holistic and so we have used Positive Psychology to shape the toolbox – the scientific study of how humans thrive, or those elements that make life worth living! We look to help our young people to develop in all these areas: positive emotions, vitality, engagement, relationships, meaning and achievement.
If you’re a volunteer mentor click the button below to access the toolbox via our online portal.
Starting Point is a charitable mentoring project passionate about seeing transformation in local young lives aged 11 – 25 through tailored, holistic and relational support. The project meets the young people exactly where they are on their life journey, enabling them to connect with a local mentor, who can provide consistent, reliable practical and emotional support as they begin transforming their future. During this season of COVD 19, young people need our help more than ever. Many are scared, confused, and distressed about their future. Unemployment is at an all-time high. Many have dropped out of education as the barrier to enable connection is too great to overcome
Starting Point offer a simple yet effective model – local reliable volunteers, consistently mentoring local young people, supported by local businesses, with no wait time to receive support and no time limit to how long support is offered. This model creates the space required to build genuine relationships, with a tailored and holistic focus. Our mentors take time to get to know their mentee, taking a genuine interest and helping them grow in areas such as confidence, self-esteem, decision making and aspiration. The support mentors offer is both practical and social-emotional.
We are currently recruiting volunteers who can be trained as remote mentors, with the aim to move to face-to-face mentoring when the government allows. If you would like to be part of transforming a young life in Reading, get in touch today.
Contact the Project Manager Sam Lloyd for more details.
During this period of no physical face-to-face contact, we can offer
Remote Mentoring either over the phone, via video chat and/or email for both
Aspire Mentoring and Advance Mentoring (see below for criteria).
We tailor all our mentoring to the individual’s specific needs, focusing on practical support, as well as social-emotional support.
Over the last few weeks as the COVID-19 situation worsens and the UK has been called into lockdown. We have been trying to think of ways to engage young people to stop isolation and prevent boredom. We are passionate about helping young people learn new skills and create community.
So we have been releasing daily challenges on our Instagram page @startingpointreading. So if you are a young person aged 11-25 and want to engage with us follow us on Instagram.
Due to the current Coronavirus outbreak and following advice from the government, Starting Point will be looking a little different for the foreseeable future. As a staff team we will be working from home from now on.
Please keep up to date with all we are doing via our social media platforms and our website. And do keep supporting what we are doing. We may no longer be able to meet young people face to face but there is still a huge need for vulnerable young people and as a staff team we will not be stopping. Let us know if you can help or support us during this time.
YOUNG PEOPLE & MENTORS – The majority of our updates will be via our instagram page @startingpointreading so do give that a follow. From monday we will be posting daily challenges and interactions so keep your eyes peeled over on instagram soon.
We are recruiting for a PROGRAMME MANAGER. The main purpose of the role is to manage, deliver and develop Starting Point’s two mentoring programmes in accordance with the project’s values and objectives and within The Mustard Tree’s ethos and vision. This is a full-time position of 37.50 hrs per week, which includes some out of office and evening work.
Aspire Mentoring supports young people aged 15-25 throughout their journey of attaining, sustaining and thriving within education, employment and training. We do this through carefully matching a young person to a mentor who acts as a consistent role model, tailoring the support to each individuals unique needs and aspirations.
Our mentoring has a relational and holistic approach focusing on practical support, such as CV writing or interview skills, and social-emotional support, such as building confidence and self-esteem.
It follows a Traffic Light Journey which ensures that young people are supported not only into, but also within education, employment and training to find out more and to get involved click here.
Advance Mentoring is one-to-one mentoring for young people aged 11-19, who are most at risk of exclusion and/or are likely to become NEET upon leaving education.
We ran a successful pilot with 4 schools and colleges mentoring those ‘most at risk’ of becoming NEET. 75% of young people left school/college with a positive destination in place, with the remaining 25% choosing to continue mentoring post education where they are now being supported to take steps into employment.
We are so excited to properly launch advance mentoring, to find out more and to get involved click here.