Mentoring and Befriending

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This service provides 1-2-1 tailored support for young people aged 13-19, living with Sickle Cell and Thalassaemia in the Birmingham area. Currently funded by Children in Need, mentoring and befriending approaches contribute to the reduction in isolation faced by young people living with this illness and helps to increase participation on activities and improve self-esteem.

Befriending Support

Befriending involves supporting and encouraging young people to access social, recreational and educational activities for those who are currently facing isolation due to their condition and after a period of illness.

Mentoring Support

Mentoring involves:

  • Goal setting for those who wish to make healthy lifestyle changes
  • Support with education matters especially where having a crisis or hospitalisation has had an impact on their learning and development
  • Support with transition and adulthood 
  • Preparing for a further education

If you would like a mentor or further information then please get in touch on 0121 212 9209 or you can complete referral form attached below.

Referral Form Link

Approved Provider Standard

We are proud to be recently accredited with APS status by NCVO, recognising the excellent and commitment to high quality standards of this service. Our charity was assessed against set of standards and exemplified good practice in: 

  • Management and operation, including commitment to safe working practice. 
  • Processes for identifying service users, assessing needs and risk management. 
  • Recruitment, training and supporting mentors & befrienders. 
  • Monitoring the mentoring and befriending relationships and achieving results.

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