Inspiring Young Lives

A resource to help all young people thrive — from Mentoring Plus

About this resource

Inspiring Young Lives is a new resource to support professionals working with students facing significant challenges.

An introduction to Inspiring Young Lives

Mentoring Plus is an award-winning charity that trains and supports adult volunteers to mentor 7 – 21 year olds needing extra support with family, education, emotional needs and employability. We are also commissioned to provide support to students, their families and schools, to nurture a positive reintegration into education. This is across key stages 1-4.

We believe that every child has the right to realise their full potential.  At a time when there is less resource than ever within schools to support disengaged students, we would like to work together to help our most vulnerable young people thrive.

Our hope is that this new resource, Inspiring Young Lives, will deepen the connection between our team and schools, by offering a mix of content to inspire, inform or simply entertain busy school staff. We also aspire to create or deepen connections between schools and services to adopt a community approach to supporting young people, as it takes a village to raise a child.

With weekly blog posts covering educational news, inspirational videos, suggested resources, reading recommendations, hints and tips, the site has been developed with the help of a steering group of local teachers (see below). We would love your involvement too.

Please do follow us and share your thoughts.

This online resource has been created by the team at Mentoring Plus and with the invaluable support of

The Inspiring Young Lives digital steering group

Astral Blanchard, St Stephen’s Primary School

Jamie Forrest, Beechen Cliff School

Julia Mcdonald, Roundhill Primary School

Kath Brownell

The Mentoring Plus team

Kev Long, Mentoring Plus Lead Practitioner,

Siobhain Archer, Mentoring Plus Editor, volunteer mentor and founder of

Questions? Comments? Get in touch! We’d love to hear your thoughts.

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