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Make a donation to help us recruit and train 100 new mentors

Our mentors change lives

Friendship Works mentors play a special role in the lives of the children and young people they support.  Each volunteer gives at least 216 hours of time at the weekends to their young friend, come rain or shine, through good times and bad times.  In the early days, the outings that they share provide immediate respite, or the chance to try activities that other children take for granted.  Over time, the consistency, validation and learning opportunities that our friendships provide help vulnerable children to build essential social and emotional capabilities and have positive aspirations about their futures.

Our volunteer mentors are supported by childcare professionals

Friendship Works strives to give our volunteers, children and families the best possible chance of achieving a lasting friendship that truly makes a difference. Behind the scenes, a team of expert caseworkers is dedicated to training and preparing each volunteer and guiding them through the mentoring process, providing professional advice and giving encouragement and reassurance.

Give a gift to support a mentor

This vital professional support is funded purely by donations and if volunteering is not possible for you, you can still make a difference by choosing to support one of our mentors through a gift to Friendship Works.

  •  A gift of £34 could pay for a friendship starter pack consisting of a scrapbook, disposable camera and personal alarm, plus a volunteer’s first outing with a young person
  • A gift of £95 could pay for two supervision sessions for a volunteer with their caseworker, to talk through progress and any concerns they have
  • A gift of £950 could help provide professional, dedicated support and supervision to a volunteer for a year, including regular supervision sessions and reviews.

We would be grateful for whatever you can give. If you can help, please click here to donate online.