Not just a place to play sports, Wigan Youth Zone is fast becoming a pillar of Wigan young society, offering an additional opportunity for young people to access support, advice and build confidence.
This year, this support has been formalised with the introduction of a new Mentoring Programme that will be available to all members of the Youth Zone aged 16 – 17 who require 1-2-1 support.
The mentoring programme will offer young people targeted, individual support with a range of issues from having no confidence, struggling to interact with peers, self-harming and drug use. Most of these sessions will be delivered off-site, dependent on the needs of the young people.
A dedicated team of Mentors will be headed up by Genna Banks, Mentoring Coordinator at the youth Zone. Genna said of the project;
“The Mentoring Scheme is a fantastic development for Wigan Youth Zone, it offers young people an additional outlet in a place where they feel safe and comfortable. We already offer targeted support to many young people who attend the youth zone, so the mentoring project is a natural extension of that.”
“My role will be to manage the team of volunteer mentors at the youth zone and ensure we help as many young people as possible with the new programme. The vision is to also develop the programme so in the near future; it is not only open to Wigan Youth Zone members but also the wider youth community and referrals from other services.
“I feel this 1-to-1 support is integral in 21st century youth provision, it means we can provide a full range of support and guidance to young people who come through our doors, investing in their emotional wellbeing as well as their physical and mental health.”
Wigan Youth Zone is on the lookout for enthusiastic people who can join the volunteer team and become a Mentor, providing support and advice for young people who need it. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer Mentor, contact the Mentoring Coordinator, Genna Banks on 01942 612 061.