June 2023

Dear Friend,

Welcome to our Bridging the Gap Mentoring Newsletter.
Explaining how we help people through effective mentoring.

Goodbye and Hello

We are sorry to say goodbye to our Outreach worker, Yvonne Maxwell.  She is leaving Bridging the Gap Mentoring.  In the last two years, she has provided lots of great advice and support to our clients and made a big contribution to developing our mentoring service as it took shape after Covid. We will miss her.

And Hello
We are very pleased that we have already been able to appoint a new Manager – Support and Outreach to continue and expand the work that Yvonne has been doing.

To meet our new Outreach Manager – Read next month’s newsletter 

 

We are very grateful to receive a grant of £ 9,756 from the National Lottery.  Part of this grant will be spent to increase the contribution to our work from people with lived experience

An opportunity for someone with lived experience of homelessness, offending or addiction

We believe that people with lived experience will make a valuable contribution to shaping our service so that we can reach the people who need our support.  We have funding to appoint a Lived Experience Advocate for 5 hours a week.  We are looking for people who might be interested in this post. The post will probably be advertised later in the year.  If you know of anyone who might be interested or if you work with an organisation that could circulate our advert, please contact Robin Latimer on [email protected]

A service for people not just for problems

Bridging the Gap Mentors provide a flexible service that adapts to meet the needs of the people referred to us. People using our service are encouraged to choose two or three issues that they can work on with their mentor.  This can be any issue that is important to the service user.

Mentoring can be useful for any of us.  It is always helpful to get a second view of issues you find difficult.  Mentors also provide encouragement for people who feel that life is just too overwhelming.  They can help to divide big issues into smaller, more manageable problems that can be faced one at a time.

Of course, our mentors cannot have the expertise possessed by more specialist services.  They are encouraged to support their mentees to seek specialist help where this is needed.

We are presently supporting people with the following:

  • Caring for relatives
  • Adapting to life in England
  • Recovering form mental health problems
  • Working through separation
  • Dealing with bereavement
  • Learning to live independently.

 Supporting people 

Bridging the Gap Mentoring offers trained, expertly supervised volunteer mentors for people at risk of homelessness, offending and addiction.
Regular informal support from someone who is concerned about them individually helps people to rebuild their lives.

We are very grateful for the continuing interest and support of our volunteer mentors.
More information and advice for mentors is on our website here  https://bridging-mentoring.org.uk/advice-for-mentors/
Donations, of course, are always welcome  please donate  here https://bridging-mentoring.org.uk/donate/

To find out more or make a referral:

Visit our website: www.bridging-mentoring.org.uk
Freephone number: 0800 488 0746
Email us: welcome@bridging-mentoring.org.uk
When you contact us, we will ask for some further details whilst arranging a volunteer match.  We aim to start the partnership in 2-4 weeks.

We look forward to working with you.

Best wishes, Robin
Bridging the Gap Mentoring