Supporting vulnerable Children, Young People, and Families

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Mentoring Services


Children and young people need the support of caring role models to grow into confident, successful adults. Growing up isn‘t easy and there are many roadblocks along the way. Our Mentoring Service aims to match young people with caring mentors who can provide new experiences, guidance, and support. Through the support of our volunteer mentors and paid staff, our young people are supported to develop the character traits required for success in education and the world of work. 

Our trained mentors offer one-to-one support that is tailored to suit the young person’s needs. We have found our mix of mentoring and activities allows young people to develop new skills and make positive connections within the local community. 

Our Mentors

Our mentors are passionate about supporting children and young people, they go through a robust selection, are police checked and attend a detailed training programme. Mentors will support the young person for a few hours a week, encouraging them in their studies, introducing them to new activities and inspiring them to think about their future goals and dreams. The support offered provides effective help with increasing self-esteem and confidence,  managing challenges as well as building resilience.


We accept referrals from organisations supporting children and young people aged 10 – 18 years, who need early intervention help.

  • Experiencing issues relating to low self-esteem & confidence
  • Feeling isolated
  • Disengaged, excluded or at risk of exclusion from education
  • Experiencing family breakdown
  • Involved in anti-social behaviour


Our Mentoring Service Manager will confirm with you that a referral has been received and make arrangements to visit the child/young person (with parental agreement) in their own home to discuss the service and the young person’s potential requirements. Once the need is identified, the Mentoring Service Manager discusses the support required, in agreement with the young person and sets up an action plan.

Once a suitable mentor is identified, our Mentoring Service Manager will introduce him or her to the young person and meetings will take place outside the family home. 

Please note that we currently have a waiting list due to the high demand for this service.

It is our policy to liaise with referring agencies during the period of the service. We would expect the referring agency to keep us informed of any changes to the child/young person’s situation. Should you wish to discuss the service during the period of our support, please contact the Mentoring Service Manager on 01332 341516.

If you would like to make a referral, visit our Make a Referral page to download the appropriate form.

How to apply to be a Mentoring Services MENTOR

Mentoring Application Form

Download our form, fill it in and return to the following address:

Kerreene Davidson, Mentoring Service Manager

Children First Derby

13 Leopold Street



Alternatively, please email the completed form to