The Circles South East mentoring scheme evolved from an ongoing informal contact between a Core Member and a volunteer after a Circle had finished, or where the project had only a single volunteer available in a location where a potential Core Member lived. The scheme became formalised when a Mentoring coordinator was appointed in 2008, with the service later gaining Approved Provider Status from the Mentoring and Befriending Foundation a year later.
At the stage where the scheme had worked with 60 Core Members Winchester University undertook an evaluation of the Project. The evaluation report is available on the site from July 2016 onwards. However, a headline finding is that of those eligible to work, over 50% achieved employment whilst being mentored by Circles South East volunteers.
Suitability for Mentoring varies from that for Circles in the following ways:
- Needs to be assessed as safe to work individually with a single volunteer
- Offence focused work completed satisfactorily in treatment – no further work necessary so meetings can be in public
- Doesn’t require the “socialising” experience of a Circle
- Is seen as able to respond to the coaching techniques characteristic of the mentoring scheme.
If you would like to know more about the scheme, either as a potential volunteer or a potential referrer, please contact Circles South East:
T: 01235 816050
Circles South East is an organisation dedicated to equal opportunities.