We support young people up to 16 years of age across London to take steps towards a positive future and achieve their short and long term goals.

97%

average attendance of mentees at School 1

93%

average attendance of mentees at School 2

Over half

of mentees at School 2 improve their attitude towards school

We believe that having a mentor gives young people the best chances of living successful lives and prevents social exclusion including possible future homelessness.

A mentor is a guide who helps young people to find the right direction and develop solutions to pressures they face, for example at home or at school. Mentoring makes a lasting difference to the lives of young people, particularly where conventional approaches have failed. Our ‘solution focused approach’ aims to emphasise young people’s strengths to improve their confidence, self-esteem, and resilience; which in turn can help open up new opportunities and experiences.

Horizons, funded by BBC Children in Need and John Lyons Charity, supports young people aged 10 to 16 who are at risk of social exclusion. The project covers Lambeth, Lewisham, and the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. Young people are matched with volunteer mentors to increase their confidence and resilience, improve school attendance and attainment, and enable them to achieve their full potential. We aim to reach 180 young people across London by 2018.

We work with schools, community groups and charities to let young people know about our mentoring service and its benefits. If you would like to be mentored, or you know someone who would benefit from mentoring, contact our Project Manager Jennie Blake at jennie.blake@evolvehousing.org.uk or Projects Officer Sam Beaumont at sam.beaumont@evolvehousing.org.uk.

If you are interested in becoming a mentor to help prevent young people in London from becoming homeless, you can find out more here.

 

I was feeling stressed but Zoe was really friendly and helped me to consider other options for study and to see that it was okay for me to change my mind and try something else.

Mentoring testimonial

Crystal, a mentee from Kensington

*of those who left the service and needed support in this area.