Positive Placements: Mentors for 16-25 year olds

Positive Placements, a mentoring project, are delighted to work in partnership for another year running with Mid Sussex County Council.

Led by YMCA DownsLink Group, Positive Placements, has a new coordinator, Tash Morris. Positive Placements  reaches out to young people aged 16-25years to help move them into employment, education or training. We work with young people who may need extra support in their lives, through no fault of their own, may have found themselves not having a stable adult in their life. A mentor can become a stable part of that persons life to walk alongside them and their choices.

Mentors and mentees meet for approximately 1 hour a week to look at the mentees’ ambitions, dreams and together set realistic goals for the future, looking at steps of how to achieve them.

Young people have fed back feeling more confident and ready for the work place by working alongside their mentor:

‘Ever since meeting my Positive Placements mentor, it has given me an outlook on life I thought I couldn’t achieve.

‘I had no one to talk to before, my mentor is a good person, they care about me, not judged – before I used to look back on my life with remorse – now, I just think everyone makes mistakes and I can move forward’

Having been a volunteer herself, Tash has seen directly the positive outcomes the project has on a young persons life: ‘’Volunteering with the YMCA added value to my life in a way other work hasn’t. Being a stable person in someone’s life to help them reach their potential is a great feeling. Watching someone grow in confidence and open up is amazing. I’m so pleased and excited to now be coordaining the project in Mid Sussex , my local community’’

Positive Placements are looking for volunteer mentors who have 1-2 hours spare per week and are able to commit to mentoring a young person for at least 6 months. Full training and ongoing support is offered, and all volunteers will need to undergo a DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check that will be paid for by the project. Potential volunteers should contact for more information.  No particular experience is needed, but a passion to support a young person to make positive choices in their life, patience and a sense of humour are all welcome.

Referrals for young people aged 16-25 are now open. We can take self – referrals as well as referrals from parents, carers and professionals.

The project is also looking for local businesses that are able to offer work experience, apprenticeship or employment opportunities to young people. Positive Placements would offer full support to the businesses in setting up the apprenticeships.  

  1. Positive Placements are following government advice at all times. This may mean that some mentoring is done virtually or over the phone if it is not possible to meet face to face.

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