The rise in mental health needs among the young over the past few years prompted Just42 to utilise their connections with young people throughout Woodbridge and the neighbouring villages to offer 'free' early intervention Compass Mentoring. Throughout adolescence a significant number of young people will suffer low-mood, anxiety, bullying, bereavement and any number of other issues which cause them to struggle with what life, including family and school, throws at them.
What is Compass Mentoring?
It is well-being mentoring for young people aged 11 to 18 years of age, who are struggling with a variety of issues and who are without support of any kind or who has some statutory support but this is not really working. With Compass Mentoring the young person (Mentee) 'voluntarily' sets the agenda and achievement targets. This methodology especially helps those who do not meet the criteria for statutory intervention. For the most part the voluntary Compass Mentors are not experts; but they are available to journey with their Mentee for a period of time, while they re-orientate their lives. Often Compass Mentors are able to identify a need missed by others, just by talking and sharing.
How you can help
We are constantly looking to recruit new volunteer Compass Mentors. The need for Mentors continues to rise week on week as access to statutory support becomes harder. The sheer numbers of young people in need are staggering. When we first started this programme, 10 years ago, there were in excess of 20,000 young people in Suffolk alone who were going without support. Those figures from 'Children & People's Services' registered only those that had applied to them. This suggests that the real figure was higher. There is nothing to suggest that this figure has reduced. In our experience, need increases year on year. Please do not delay, make a call to us today; there is no obligation and it doesn't hurt to enquire. Call Just42 on 01394 380992 and ask for Caroline Rutherford.