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Kirklees Mentoring Project Young People.

Yorkshire Mentoring is a partner with Safer Kirklees and the West Yorkshire Reduction Partnership in Kirklees to support young people aged between 11-19 who are at risk of CCE or CSEA exploitation and live within the Kirklees area.

 

We recruit & train mentors to support young people within local communities in addition to placing mentors within local high schools & based to see young people within Kirklees College. 

If you would like to find out more about this programme or would like to discuss a possible referral to the project and how we support young people,  please email us at kirklees@yorkshirementoring.org.uk

If you need more information or are unsure on the process or the young person has been already been discussed at ESMAP or ESP, please contact us first to enquire if we are able to provide support. 

If you have a young person who you have concerns about their safety, please make a referral providing the details of your concerns and the details of the young person

via Kirklees Duty and Advice.

 

If you believe the young person is at risk of exploitation from with the Kirklees area, please state this on or during your referral, as you maybe require to complete an up to date Kirklees 

CCE/CSEA exploitation checklist

 

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Advice and Information Sesssion on Serious Youth Violence 

Yorkshire Mentoring developed our advice and support sessions initially to be delivered to parents, carer givers who were worried about the increase of violent youth crime & gangs and child criminal exploitation, and its effects on families, young people and communities.

We were commissioned to provide these information sessions in partnerships with West Yorkshire Violence Reduction Partnership and South Yorkshire Violence Reduction Partnership across schools and communities, West Yorkshire Probation and recently MHST staff in Kirklees and schools working with their service. 

 

The sessions explore facts and information as well as providing practical advice when looking for signs of a child’s involvement and the methods used to exploit young people in addition to helping to recognise key signs and indicators.

We also discuss how to encourage healthy conversations with children, and how you can seek further help or support in your local area.

The programme has been running since early 2023 and to date 100% of recent attendees have reported that they've learnt something and found the sessions useful, with one feedback form stating it was the best and most engaging session they have attended.

If you want more information on our training sessions please contact us here

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Wrong Look Wrong Time Wrong Place

Our knife crime workshops Wrong Look, Wrong Time, Wrong Place, were initially commissioned as part of our ongoing work across Kirklees and South Yorkshire, to educate and raise awareness amongst young people aged between 11-18 about the risks of knife crime. 

 

We worked with Channel 4's legal department & The Garden TV production company who provided us with the rights to use ‘Knifed" from 24 Hours in Police Custody’ series in our unique training workshop. 

 

The sessions are based around the real events that lead to the death of 18-year-old Azaan Kaleem, from Luton in May 2018. 

Sessions are delivered to young people in a variety of settings which include schools and alternative provisions across Kirklees initially and from feedback led South Yorkshire Safety partnership approaching us to delivering in Barnsley.

The programme footage enables us to engage young people in discussions and activities which explore choices and consequences of actions,  the law in relation to knife crime, dispelling myths that some young people may have. During the workshops we explore with young people the impact of knife crime and serious violence on the individuals, wider family and the local community in addition to discussing the influence of social media and exploring empathy. 

Workshops run over 2 session with the young people, using a workbook and accompanying exercises.  All young people get to keep the workbooks that they complete through the session, and which also come with useful information to take home to continue conversations within their home environment.

We can tailor all workshops to suit different needs of youth groups & schools. 

 

We also run this workshop as a Training for Trainers programme format to staff from schools, youth groups and professionals who support young people.

For more details on our next training events please checkout our events page or email  us at training@yorkshirementoring.org.uk 

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Primary School Knife Crime Awareness - Happy Friendships Better Lives

As a follow on from our Knife Crime workshops aimed at 11-18  year olds, we were approached to create & deliver sessions to primary school aged children.  Happy Friendships - Better Lives resource which was funded to run by West Yorkshire Violence Reduction Partnership and delivered to whole year classes of year 5 & 6 pupils in Kirklees. 

The workshop focus on healthy friendships and the consequences of knife crime in sessions that at specifically tailored for primary age young people and is trauma informed practice.

For more details email us at training@yorkshirementoring.org.uk 

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Immersive Virtual Head workshops. Kirklees 

We are the appointed agency to deliver the virtual reality education programme across Kirklees, which has been funded by West Yorkshires Violence Partnership. The workshops uses an immersive virtual reality experiences that tackle ASB culture, youth violence and risk-taking behaviour.

The workshops can be tailored to a primary audience (years 5 & 6), a secondary audience (years 7 to 11), young people in the criminal justice system, parents & families, and for training purposes for professionals.

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West Yorkshire Violence Partnership 

Please find the evaluation report for the work we have carried out in Kirklees for the West Yorkshire partnership.  Click here for the report. 

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Safer BarnsleyPartnership

Yorkshire Mentoring is the chosen partner working with Safer Barnsley Partnership to support young people aged between 11-18 who are at risk of offending. We are running a series of Parent awareness session in schools for parents and professionals  If you would like to find out more about the project and who can refer or interested in mentoring with us, please email us at Barnsley@yorkshirementoring.org.uk

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Peer Mentoring 

Peer mentoring for health and well-being began as a pilot scheme. 

 

Yorkshire Mentoring were commissioned by Kirklees Success Centres to develop a peer mentoring course focused on health and well-being outcomes. Staring as a pilot project which ran from September  to  December 2018, the programme has a planned roll out across Kirklees throughout 2019.

 

The programme was in partnership with Fusion Housing, who hosted the course referring participants who are currently living in supported housing.  The course will cover all aspects of mentoring and sessions assessing and supporting positive health and well-being.

 

Feed back from the first  participants, were that they felt more confident in mentoring and that they had learned a lot about themselves. Progression routes include working in schools, sports coaching and mentoring people recovering from addictive behaviour. 

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Business and enterprise mentoring

Yorkshire Mentoring provides mentoring for those who are looking to develop a business or enterprise idea into reality. One to one sessions are provided pro bono for clients of Princes Trust and Unltd as part of Yorkshire Mentoring commitment to providing social value. Mentoring covers all aspects of business start up including confidence building, market research, product development, promotion and accounting. Jane Walton can be contacted for more details on this project. 

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Youth in Mind

Yorkshire mentoring worked across the Bradford district supporting young people who were accessing a project called “Youth in Mind” . Young people gained access to a mentor who was there to support them on a one to one basis for up to six months.  Mentors were recruited from across the district to support young people 11-18 in age. Mentoring is very rewarding and provides an opportunity for mentors to make a difference for young people’s lives. 

 

 

Take a look at some of the quotes from young people and their families below

 

Some more great feedback from a parent of a young person who has a mentor through us. “They seem to have jelled”

“Yes they have made plans to do things together, she is lovely with him”

 

Feedback from a young person who has recently finished her last mentoring session. “Having a mentor has been helpful because you can do research for me and give advice that isn’t biased or influenced by emotion.”

 

Feedback from a young person in #Bradford on our Youth in Mind project. He's had a mentor and after his last session, he stated. "(Mentoring) has helped with a lot of things; it's given me the ability to open up to others, helped me to make new friends and given me confidence."

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