On Friday October 23rd 2023, our partner Active Communities Network delivered their Introduction to Mentoring Course to eight of our coaches and 10 other youth workers and mentors at Downham Health & Leisure Centre. We delivered the course for free and opened it up to the wider community, allowing them the opportunity to upskill themselves with mentoring skills.
The training was very important for our staff, who often see themselves as football coaches and not youth workers, to understand the deeper meaning of their work with young people and how much of a positive impact they can have by effectively mentoring them.
As a matter of coincidence, it wasnationalmentoringday which was not planned. The course was a great success, with every attendee taking something away and being inspired and educated to continue their journey of mentoring young people. We will be running more training for our staff and the wider community to improve the standard of youth work in Lewisham and the neighbouring boroughs so youth practitioners can continue to have a bigger impact on these young people who need our help.