Starting point mentoring - volunteers in Reading

Starting Point Mentoring - Reading

Starting Point supports young people (aged 11-25) who face disadvantage through mentoring and creating opportunities. We do this through carefully matching each young person to a mentor who acts as a consistent role model, tailoring the support to each individuals’ unique needs and aspirations.

Mentoring takes a relational, tailored, and holistic approach, focusing on both practical and wellbeing support. Mentors offer support to each young person depending on their needs, such as:

  • Attaining and sustaining education, employment, and training
  • Growing in positive engagement in school and the local community
  • Steering away from crime, violence, and risk-taking behaviour
  • Developing positive social-emotional development and wellbeing

As a mentor you can offer support in two key ways:

1) Supporting a young person with social-emotional development and wellbeing – for example, helping them grow in areas such as confidence, self-esteem, a positive mental attitude, and aspiration.

2) Providing practical support – for example, helping a young person come up with a study timetable, helping identify and apply for appropriate employment, education or training opportunities, or access work experience and voluntary placements. 

To ensure young people are consistently supported, it is important that mentors can commit to a minimum of 12 months of volunteering for around 1 hour a week.

We recruit, train and equip a diverse pool of skilled volunteer mentors. We tailor a match to each young person based on shared interest, lived experience or professional aspirations. This ensures the mentor is both a trusted adult and acts as a role model in the young person’s life.

We need passionate volunteers who are enthusiastic about investing in the young people of Reading and offering them a starting point for a brighter and more hopeful future.

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0118 995 2160 0118 995 2160
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90, London Street
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Age Ranges
11 - 25 years

Provision For

Supporting people with
Mental health conditions
Learning and Communication
Social Needs
Emotional Needs
Local Offer

Local Offer - Support available for children and young people with additional needs

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