Mentoring for young people

In October 2014, TCA Angus started to deliver the YMCA initiative, Plusone Mentoring. This project seeks to engage young people who meet two of the following four risk factors:

  1. disruption or disengagement at school
  2. offending, aggressive or anti-social behaviour
  3. conflict in the home/family
  4. substance misuse by young people.

Following high numbers of referrals, and unfortunately low levels of volunteer mentors recruited, a waiting list of young people was created – something that TCA didn’t feel comfortable about.

In response to this, TCA Angus applied for funding to CashBack for Communities Youth Work Fund, and were successfully awarded a significant amount of the money needed to deliver a weekly group for young people who had been referred to Plusone and not yet matched to a mentor.

This group will provide structure, security and a safe space for these young people to help educate them to make informed choices in the community. Additionally the young people will be provided with a healthy tea time meal and transport to and from the project.

In April 2015, Debbie Sime, who is also a volunteer mentor for Plusone Angus, was recruited to be the Resource Worker for The Klub Angus. With help from TCA Volunteer Gemma Crowe, the group started on 17 June 2015 with four young people being supported.

Over the summer holidays the group have met twice with trips to the cinema and Craigtoun Park. When the young people return to school, the group will return to meeting weekly on Wednesday evenings, and hopefully with more young people attending if we are able to recruit more volunteers.

If you would like to find out more about The Klub Angus, Plusone Mentoring or how you could volunteer with us, please contact Kate Wood on 01241 872989 or email kate.wood@alcoholtayside.com