October 2022

Dear Friend,

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

Good News – this month

  • We are very grateful for a grant of £ 4,000 from the Foyle Foundation.
  • Abdi  has had his No Recourse To Public Funds conditions removed from his leave to remain.  His mentor can now support him applying for benefits and housing.

Mentoring and the Cost of living Crisis

The sharply rising costs of energy and other living costs will cause financial problems.

For some people, this will combine with other problems to create a crisis in their lives.  They may stop looking at letters, abandon trying to pay bills out of a sense of helplessness.

This is when mentoring may help. Our mentors help people to work through their difficulties without getting overwhelmed

Vera hasn’t applied for all the benefits she is eligible for. Her mentor is supporting her to find out what she could get and apply.  Alongside that her mentor is helping her  open a bank account and use the internet , all things which will help her manage bills, access support and have her money paid in.


Mark and Jeff have been supported by their mentors to budget and set up direct debits to manage their money. Jeff had accrued rent arrears and found it difficult to engage with the Council to discuss a plan. With his mentor he has met with them and agreed a plan and feels more confident to contact them in future, rather than let it build up and risk losing his home

Our mentors help people to access the help that is available from other specialist services. There is support, but many of our clients do not know it exists or feel overwhelmed at trying to get it. Support such as with energy bills, discretionary hardships grants, warmer homes programme, water bills food vouchers, food vouchers and community free meals .

If you have a client who you think would benefit from a mentor to help with this, get in touch with Yvonne on 07842612979 or [email protected].

Volunteers needed for rough sleeping count

Every year local authorities do a count of how many people are sleeping on the street in their area . It is a snap shot and gives a picture of whether numbers are going up or down.

Islington Council are doing their count on the evening of 29th November. You would meet at 222 Upper Street at 11.30 pm and go out in pairs.

If you would like more information contact Georgina Earthy, Complex Needs and Homelessness Manager on 020 7527 3360 or email [email protected].

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.

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,Yvonne
Bridging the Gap Mentoring

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