- One-to-one same sex mentoring for children aged 9-11
- Individual academic support
- Character building activities
- Sports, creative arts & fun activities
- Weekly 2 hour session in the afternoon
- Runs same afternoon every week from October to April (approx. 20 sessions)
- Up to 10 children and 10 mentors per ReachOut Club
The ReachOut Club (ROC) is a one-to-one mentoring programme for young people in primary school (Years 5 and 6) referred directly by their school, delivered in individual projects of up to 10 young people.
Young people and volunteers attend up to 20 weekly sessions, comprising of one hour of one-to-one academic and personal mentoring and 30-60 minutes of fun activities, sometimes in groups. All activities are based on our curriculum focusing on developing our competencies and character values.
To facilitate conversation and reflection around character young people and mentors work through our specially designed ReachOut Challenge booklet with their mentors each week. This tool helps them to identify their strengths and areas for development, as well as choose “micro-challenges” to put the character values into practice.
All sessions are run by a trained ReachOut Project Leader. Volunteer mentors are trained in house, undergo DBS checks and are supervised by the ReachOut Project Leader at the project. Mentors work with the same mentee each week for the duration of the project.
Volunteers are needed to support and mentor the children. If you choose to get involved you will be trained as a mentor and volunteer in a group of 10 children and 10 mentors, supervised by a Project Leader. Your main tasks will be to:
- support your mentee in completing individual Numeracy and Literacy exercises during one-to-one mentoring
- help your mentee to overcome obstacles in their learning, and tackle social problems such as confidence and bullying
- identify long term goals with your mentee and work towards them
- take part in sports and set an example of good sportsmanship to all mentees
- join in fun group activities such as indoor games, arts and crafts, cooking etc.
- provide feedback on the progress of your mentee and work together with the Project Leader to ensure the best support for your mentee
- promote and practise the ReachOut character values
If you would like to volunteer on this programme please visit our pages on how to become a mentor.
Benefits for children
- One-to-one support – someone to talk with, to listen to them, to care about them, to help them and to have fun with them!
- Developed ability to recognise and practise the ReachOut character values
- Increase in confidence and self-esteem through mentor support and participating in new activities in a safe and friendly environment.
- Improvement in behaviour through the examples set by mentors and encouragement from mentors to think about their actions and how they affect themselves and others.
- Individual support with numeracy and literacy helps children to focus on personal problem areas.
- Role models – great young role models for children to work with, helping shape behaviour, raise aspirations and combat negative influences.
- Sustained relationship – lots of ROC participants stay involved in further ReachOut activities, continuing to receive academic help and personal development support in the long term as well as reducing likelihood of being excluded or becoming involved in anti-social behaviour
- Children have fun! Activities such as sports, arts and crafts and group games allow them to develop team skills, learn to share and think of others and be fair whilst having a great time!