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What is Mentoring?

Our 1-1 Mentoring programme offers children and young people support through a holistic approach, using action planning to help them to identify goals they would like to work towards. Mentoring can run for up to one year and young people are matched with a trusted adult to build self-confidence, self-esteem and resilience. Sessions are offered in school, in community spaces, over the phone and video calls. Criteria: 8-18 years old. For young people where there is no statutory involvement from Children’s Services, but where an Early Help Plan is active

  • Live in the Bolton area and have a Bolton postcode.
  • Between 8th-17th birthday.
  • Want to engage with a Mentor.
  • Able to work safely with a volunteer on a 1:1 basis.
  • Have an active Early Help plan

Professionals from social care, education, health should complete our Mentoring Referral Form and email it to

Yes. When a place becomes available, The Mentoring and Befriending Service Manager will assess suitability then meet the young person to explain the role of a mentor and check if they are ready to engage.

They are volunteers who go through a stringent recruitment and vetting process and received comprehensive training for the role. They are managed by the Coordinator and receive regular supervision and support. Any concerns about a mentor should be directed to the Coordinator.

Want to make a referral?

Please click the link

Click below to download the referral form

Further information

Information Sharing Leaflet

What is a Mentor Leaflet