Raising Aspirations Community Mentoring Programme

Raising Aspirations Community Mentoring Programme

Could you help a young person to realise their full potential?

Raising Aspirations is a fantastic community mentoring programme by Somerset Community Foundation, the Somerset Education Business Partnership and Spark Somerset, which matches volunteer mentors with students living in Taunton and Street.

Through the programme, mentors have the opportunity make a huge difference to the lives of the students by encouraging them to develop their self-belief and aspirations.

Independent evaluation has shown that students taking part in raising aspirations have experienced better outcomes, including improved GCSE results

“Mentoring has given me so much confidence, encouraged me to put myself forward for things and try things I’ve never done before.” 

Former Mentee, Crispin School.

This is a really rewarding role, where you’ll have the opportunity to work with some great young people. Mentors receive full training before the start of the programme and ongoing support during the mentoring period. This includes the GROW coaching model, which could benefit you in your professional life and any other voluntary work you do.

“To be a mentor you have to be very good at listening, mindful, observant and calm. All of which are key attributes which tie in very nicely with my job. The training was very useful and I have learnt the importance of giving back my career path experiences to my mentee.”

Former Mentor, Crispin School.

If you would like to get involved or would like further information, please contact Sharon Hale on sharon.hale@sparksomerset.org.uk or call 01935 475914.