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Our mentoring programme supports young people up to 25 years of age to take steps towards a positive future and achieve their 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

A real, lasting difference to young people

We believe that mentors can help give young people the best chance of living successful lives, and prevent social exclusion including possible future homelessness.

Mentors help young people to find the direction that’s right for them. They help mentees to develop solutions to the pressures that they face, including at home or at school. Mentoring can make a lasting difference to the lives of young people, including when conventional approaches have failed. Our ‘solution focused approach’ works by emphasising young people’s strengths in order to improve their confidence, self-esteem, and resilience. In turn, this can help open up new opportunities and experiences for them.

Horizons

Horizons, originally funded by BBC Children in Need, supports young people aged 10-to-16 who are at risk of social exclusion. The project covers Lambeth and Lewisham, and matches young people with volunteer mentors to increase their confidence and resilience, improve school attendance and attainment, and help them to achieve their full potential. By 2020 the project had reached 192 young people across London.

The project is now funded by charitbale gifts and donations, which allow us to continue supporting young people in London and help them to thrive.

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 could benefit from it, contact our Area Manager Jon Deakin at jon.deakin@evolvehousing.org.uk.

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.

Crystal, a mentee from Kensington

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

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