Golddigger Trust offers a mentoring and befriending service for young people in Sheffield.
Our befriending service is available for all young people who have taken part in a Golddigger Trust project (including 'I'm The Girl I Want To Be', 'Made Of More' and CSE Intervention) and can be arranged by simply contacting us. Befriending generally works by meeting up for a drink at a local coffee shop or at our Centre For Young People youth space, to chat about whatever issues are effecting them at the time. Befriending is informal and can be a regular support, or occasional, and is directed by the young person.
Befriending support is also available to accompany young people to visit the sexual health clinic, maternity appointments etc, and Golddigger Trust staff are trained to facilitate free, confidential pregancy tests for young women.
Golddigger Trust delivers highly personalised mentoring programmes for young people aged 11-18, tailor made to each young person's needs and issues. Each bespoke mentoring programme incorporates life and social skills activities, an encouraging and appropriate space to express feelings and thoughts, and where relevant, the opportunity for young people to work towards an accredited ASDAN award or an OCR accreditation.
Sessions are delivered by our enthusiastic, trained youth workers, who maintain our high standards of integrity and excellence through innovative and creative resources. Each student is given their own regular mentor, and a custom-made programme that addresses specific issues through our own acclaimed resources and an accredited life skills programme. We know the impact of placing young people with real role models who they can relate to and be inspired by, and are committed to pairing young people with youth workers who can bring out the best in them.
Through our mentoring programme, we can address a number of specific topics through our creative sessions including:
- Self harm
- Disengaging with education
- Issues at home/ family issues
- Risky sexual behaviour
- Youth offending
- Employability skills
- Relating to others (consequences of actions)
- Managing emotions (anger management)
- Transition to adulthood
- Gang culture and violence
- E-safety and living in a virtual world
- Child Sexual Exploitation
- Building character
- Teen Domestic Violence
- Communication skills
- Aspirations for the future
- Self image
As part of our commitment to add extra value to our services, each young person who takes part in a Golddigger Trust project can access extra-curricular activities, emergency help and support when needed, and the opportunity to be nominated for an award at our annual awards ceremony. We ensure that our support does not stop when the session ends, and invest and believe in more for each young person we work with, however long it takes.
‘Holly’ began a mentoring programme with Golddigger Trust in y10 when she was on the verge of being permanently excluded from school due to behavioural issues. Having been identified as extremely vulnerable to child sexual exploitation and struggling with ADHD, Golddigger Trust came alongside her with weekly mentoring sessions. “My life was a mess when I first met Golddigger Trust, I had no confidence in myself and thought I was useless. They helped me to see my value and potential and meeting up with my mentor became the highlight of my week. They helped me to see what I wanted for my future and how to get there- I passed all of my GCSE’s and I’m now finishing my second year at college. I want to go to University to be a midwife or a youth worker so I can help others like Golddigger Trust helped me.”