We want to ensure children and young people are able to live full, happy healthy lives, no matter what obstacles come their way.
We offer support for young carers (here) and we run a youth mentoring project for 'at risk’ young people, Bridges - see below.
Bridges Youth Mentoring Project
Bridges is a project aimed at supporting ‘at risk’ young people. It was set up to support existing statutory youth work, and is a partnership project between Surrey Police and the Diocese of Guildford.
What is youth mentoring?
Mentoring is building a focused relationship with a young person. The role of a mentor is to listen without judging, to provide support, encouragement and occasionally guidance in order to help a young person become the person they want to be.
A mentor is not there to tell the young person what to do, nor to enforce their personal beliefs or opinions. They are there to support them in making their own choices and the best decisions, to make the difference in getting where they want to be in life.
Bridges is currently recruiting new mentors. If you feel you might have what it takes to mentor a young person, please do get in touch with the Bridges coordinator. Mentors need to have the capacity to build relationships, to listen and to be able to see potential where it is often hidden. It’s an incredibly rewarding, and at times challenging, way to spend an hour a week, and all of the mentors currently involved would highly recommend it!
Speak to one of the team members below about how you can support young people in your parish.
For more information on youth ministry, please click here.