Welcome to our Bridging the Gap Mentoring Newsletter . Explaining how we help people through effective mentoring.
Good News – this month
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 .
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.
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
We look forward to working with you.
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.