A mentor is a specially trained volunteer who spends time helping someone.

They can help a young person with things like:

  • doing better at school
  • coping with bullying
  • applying for jobs or colleges

Sometimes this personal help can be more effective than sending a young person on a group activity. A mentoring programme doesn’t usually have a set time limit - a young person can be mentored for as long as is helpful.

Mentors are not connected to the police or a school.