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Thrive Peer Mentoring Programme

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Kidscape is delivering a peer mentoring programme to six schools in Wiltshire as part of Wiltshire Council's 'Thrive' project.

This autumn, we will be training staff from the six schools in how to recruit and train peer mentors. These peer mentors will then provide help, guidance, and a safe space for pupils to talk to them. Kidscape will support the schools throughout the two year programme.

Why is peer mentoring important?

  • One in four people on average experience a mental health problem, with the majority of these beginning in childhood.
  • Half of adult mental health problems start before the age of fifteen and seventy five per cent before the age of eighteen.
  • Early identification and treatment is critical to preventing costly and more serious problems later in life, including unemployment, crime and substance misuse.
  • Peer mentoring can provide support to pupils who need it - those with low level emotional wellbeing difficulties, which could otherwise progress into more serious problems.

Peer mentoring programmes provide:

  • An initial point of contact from which to seek information, support and build life skills in a language that is both familiar and acceptable
  • A listening ear and helping hand to pupils in need of support
  • A safe and personalised approach to help young people share and explore their worries and emotions around sensitive issues they are experiencing.

Who benefits?

  • Peer mentors
  • Mentees
  • Teachers
  • The whole school community

To find out more about the programme in Wiltshire email Sarah Lewis, Wiltshire Peer Mentoring Programme Co-ordinator, on sarah.lewis@kidscape.org.uk

Kidscape are also able to offer schools around the country a similar package of support and training. For more information and for costs please email yvonne@kidscape.org.uk


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