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Our mentoring programme, Horizons, supports young people up to 18 years of age to take steps towards a positive future and achieve their goals.

Mentoring is an effective way to support young people who are at particular risk of exclusion and homelessness. By working with them one-to-one on achievable goals chosen by them, we can set them up for a bright future. That is what our mentoring does.

We help young people to find the direction that’s right for them, with a focus on developing solutions to the pressures that they face so that they can achieve their goals. This personal approach works very well, even when wider approaches in the care or school systems have failed. Our ‘solution focused’ programme focuses on young people’s strengths, rather than limitations. This helps to improve their confidence, self-esteem, and resilience. In turn, this can help open up new opportunities and experiences for them.

Our mentoring programme works with young people up to the age of 18 who are at risk of social exclusion, with a particular emphasis on care leavers. The project covers several London boroughs, matching young people with volunteer mentors to increase their confidence, resilience and skills. This is accompanied by a range of skills-focused workshops that help young people build the skills they need to live independently.

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 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

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