Some young people, for whatever reason, may not have the skills to ensure they can navigate a route into higher education or into training and the employment market. We believe all young people are capable of being in higher education, employment or training if they wish to be, but we also know that some need a helping hand to achieve this. This is where Equip Mentoring comes in.
Equip Mentoring is a project run in partnership with Inspire Suffolk and delivered by Volunteering Matters. The project works closely with local educational establishments to equip young people with the tools they need to re-engage with education and make informed decisions about their future career prospects and pathways.
The role of an Equip Mentor consists of regularly meeting a young person for approximately 30 minutes per week. Mentors build up a relationship of trust and mutual respect and often, the mentor becomes a positive role model, boosting the young person’s resilience, confidence and supporting them to develop their skill set.
Equip Mentors receive initial and ongoing training, paid expenses and a network of existing mentors and team members for support. No special skills or qualifications are needed for this voluntary role, just life experiences as well as a willingness to support someone who is need of a bit of help.