About Us


Bridging the Gap Mentoring aims to break the cycle of offending, homelessness and addiction  by offering trained volunteer mentors to people at risk of offending, including people who are homeless or addicted.

Friendly support from someone who is concerned about them individually can help people to rebuild their lives, increase their confidence and move away from homelessness, addiction and offending.

We want to expand the provision of mentoring in North London so that a substantial proportion of homeless people and the 1800 people who come before the courts each year have the option of support from a mentor. 

According to our constitution our legal aims are:

The prevention of crime and the rehabilitation of offenders, by offering offenders, ex-offenders and people at risk of offending advice, guidance and support to promote their general wellbeing and their integration into the wider law-abiding community, working together with other organisations with similar aims, particularly but not exclusively by providing a voluntary mentoring service for people at risk of offending.



March 2024   Please welcome our new Support and Outreach Manager Hayley Samuels Hayley has worked in Islington for many years.  We are delighted that she joins us as Support and Outreach Manager.  She will be the first point of contact for people who are referred...

Newsletter February 2024

February 2024 Please welcome our new Lived Experience Advocate Lal Lumley Lal joins Bridging the Gap Mentoring as our first Lived Experience Advocate. We are excited to find  out where this new post may lead us. Lal knows from her own experience the importance of...

Newsletter January 2024

January 2024 Happy New Year Here are some comments our service users made about us... Please let us know if you are working with someone who might benefit from mentoring. We welcome people in North London who would like to change their lives and are at risk of...


Membership is open to individuals and organisations who are concerned about helping people in difficulties to rebuild their lives and believe, like we do, in the importance of personal support. Together we can do more, please join. Membership does not cost anything and does not commit you to doing anything. It simply means that we keep in touch with you and you have the opportunity to influence the work of Bridging the Gap Mentoring at our AGM each year.  

We believe we can provide a better service by learning from the people directly involved in providing the service and people with lived experience. So we are particularly keen for mentors and service users to join Bridging the Gap Mentoring as members.

Just send us a request to join using the contact form or email to [email protected], giving your contact details.

History of Bridging the Gap Islington to Mentoring

Bridging the Gap Mentoring started off as “Bridging the Gap Islington” and this remains the legal name of the organisation. We adopted Bridging the Gap Mentoring as a working name in 2021 because it reflected the reality that we provide a service to North London, not just to Islington.

The group that was to form the core of Bridging the Gap Islington first met during 2012, with the aim of working with people at risk of offending.  After some initial discussions they decided to consider setting up a mentoring service and held two consultation events with local services offering related services during 2012. Bridging the Gap Islington became a formally constituted organisation in December 2012.

The initial training for mentors was run in May and June 2013. However, contacting service users and getting DBS checks took longer than expected and the first mentoring partnerships did not start until 2014.  During this time there was a lot of work on drawing up agreed policies and methods of operation. This not only helped to build confidence in the organisation but also enabled Bridging the Gap Mentoring to meet the Approved Provider Standard of the Mentoring and Befriending Foundation in early 2015.

Bridging the Gap Islington was formally re-constituted as a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO no 1162671) in July 2015. We adopted the working name of Bridging the Gap Mentoring in 2021.  We have continued to provide a professionally supervised volunteer mentoring service for people who are at risk of offending, homelessness or addiction.  While the basis of  our service remains similar to our original plans, we continue to seek ways to improve our service and make it more relevant and more accessible.

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We offer a free mentoring service in North London to help you get to where you want to be.

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Mentoring provides a service that is separate and additional to the benefits of professional support.

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