Mentors plea to work with young Fifers

Linda Pearce

Linda Pearce

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Would you be interested in becoming a mentor working with young people?

If so, then the organisers of a community-based programme would like to hear from you.

We are looking for people who are eager to make a difference in their own community.

Linda Pearse

Plusone Mentoring is delivered by Kirkcaldy YMCA and was expanded to other areas in Fife in 2013. The project is funded by The Big Lottery and the Fife Community Safety Partnership and is supported by volunteer mentors.

Plusone Mentoring provides early and effective intervention for high risk young people aged eight to 14.

It aims to help them make positive choices and build their confidence by matching them with a positive role model.

The programme receives referrals from local authority groups and works closely with police, education and social work.

Linda Pearse, programme manager, is looking for enthusiastic mentors.

She said: “We are looking for people who are eager to make a difference in their own community.

“The minimum commitment we ask from our mentors is to meet with their young person once a week for an hour, for a commitment of up to one year.

They would offer a friendly ear and support the young person to make positive life choices.

“They usually meet in their local community taking part in community based activities but in the early stages of the relationship simply going for a walk, having a juice and 
a chat or going 
for a game of 
pool is most common.”

Plusone mentoring supports volunteer mentors to journey alongside the young people, supporting them to achieve their full potential in life.

Full training is provided. To find out more contact Linda Pearse on: linda.pearse@ymcakirkcaldy.co.uk.