Local youth support charity SMASH (Swindon Mentoring & Self Help) is recruiting a new group of adult voluntary mentors to join a preparation course later in the year.
There are currently over 20 young people in the Swindon area aged 13 to 19 on SMASH’s waiting list, young people who want to change their lives – and asking for a mentor is the first step.
Former mentee and now trustee, Luke Withington says: “Before I went through the project, I was not in a good state at all, for multiple reasons. SMASH helped me look at situations with an external perspective and showed me a new angle on things.
“Walking out the other end of this project, I was a changed person; a lot more grown up, a lot more independent and more understanding with all sorts of things.
“SMASH does a world of good for so many young people. Anyone who can get involved will receive a warm welcome, good training, and the power to not only improve one life but the lives of an entire family.”
Through no fault of their own the prospective mentees are not getting the support and encouragement they need to get the best out of their education and life in general. Many of them have lost one parent or have a parent who is unable to offer them all they need.
Smash project manager Rob Chappell says the mission is to uncover talent in young people who have made the decision to change their lives. “When they arrive they tell me what they can’t do. We help them discover what they can do.
“Our mentors are extraordinary, ordinary people who want to make a difference. Hundreds have come forward over the years to support young people. This will be our twenty-seventh team of mentors to go into training; between them we’ve provided mentors to over a thousand young people.
“The benefit to both young people, mentors and Swindon as a community is huge.”
The closing date to register for the mentoring course is 30 June. Contact Joshua Chesterman on 01793 729748 or mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Pictured: Taw Hill vet and current mentor Craig Waldron, right, and his mentee Ollie Webb with Bobby, the dog.
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