Building Character. Empowering Positive Choices.
Golddigger Trust offers a mentoring and befriending service for young people in Sheffield.
Befriending generally works by meeting up for a drink to chat about whatever issues are effecting you at the moment. Befriending is informal and can be a regular support, or occasional, and is directed by you, 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 sexual health advice and support.
Mentoring is an opportunity for you to meet regularly with your own mentor, working with them 1:1 to explore some of the issues or situations that you have or are experiencing. Each session lasts for about an hour, and is created especially for you, helping to you think, process and journey towards the goals you want to achieve.
Usually sessions will take place at The Golddigger Trust Centre For Young People, but may take place in other places too, such as your school/college, in a local coffee shop or even walking around the park (when the weather is nice!). You will always be offered a hot or cold drink and a comfy chair, and all mentoring sessions are supervised by another team member being nearby (unless you’re in a public place already).
Our team are lovely, and are committed to being friendly, approachable role models who you can relate to and be inspired by, and we are committed to pairing you with youth workers who can bring out the best in them.
Through your mentoring programme, we can address a number of specific topics through our creative sessions including:
Anxiety and/or depression
Problems with school/college
Issues at home/ family issues
Managing emotions (anger management)
Transition to adulthood
Gang culture and violence
E-safety or social media
Child sexual exploitation
Aspirations for the future
Lots of other things!
‘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.”
If you think mentoring of befriending may be beneficial to you, please fill out the support form below.
(Please note that outside of drop in sessions, all mentoring sessions will be at a time arranged with you. We don’t have a waiting area and so you may be asked to wait outside if you are more than 10 minutes early for your session. If you are running late for your session, please let us know as soon as you can, and if you are more than 20 minutes late for your session, it may have to be rescheduled. If you can’t attend a session, please let us know as soon as possible as we may be able to offer that slot to someone else who is waiting for support. If you want someone else to attend a session with you (e.g. a worker, parent or friend), please speak to you mentor before the session to discuss this. )