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From isolation to confidence: how mentoring transformed Aria's life and school attendance.

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This month we hear from one of our longest serving MAPS mentors, Anthony French, about his experience over several years mentoring several young people in the borough.

We are delighted to announce that MAPS Mentoring is a recipient of the Mayor of London’s New Deal For Young People funding. This amazing opportunity, part of Propel, will provide MAPS Mentors for 200 vulnerable young people in Sutton.

After being excluded from school, mentoring became a sanctuary for Blake, especially sharing sports activities with his Mentor

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Sam was isolated when he started at secondary school, making him highly susceptible to exploitation and grooming.

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Ahead of #ChildrensMentalHealthWeek (5-11 February) we hosted a journaling session with our MAPS Mentoring pairs

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MAPS Mentoring introduced our young people to using clay in a workshop funded by The Arts Society.

MAPS Practitioner Teresa Martucci shares her thoughts on what Care Leavers need, for National Care Leavers' Week.

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Ethan has been connected to MAPS Mentoring for over 10 years, firstly as a Child in Care and then as a Care Leaver.

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Alongside a MAPS Mentor, Sonny learnt to express himself, overcome his fears and and find more stability in life during a turbulent time.

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Focus on the MAPS Mentoring Esteem Pathway - supporting young people facing poor mental health, low self-confidence or self-esteem, self-harm and risk of suicide.

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Our MAPS Mentoring project has been supporting Ukrainian young people in the London Borough of Sutton, thanks to funding from Sutton Council.

Volunteer Centre Sutton has secured funding for part of our MAPS Mentoring programme from the William Wates Memorial Trust.

A mentoring pair enjoying a meal, a game and a smile at the end of their year long mentoring relationship:

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At our most recent MAPS social, we set out to create a collaborative piece of art, in recognition of 2023's #ChildrensMentalHealthWeek theme “Let’s Connect”.

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Our trip to London’s West End, thanks to Ian Williams, Hyde Housing Match My Project and the Rotary Club of Wallington.

Our MAPS Mentoring project supports many Care Leavers with one-to-one mentoring. To mark National Care Leavers Week 2022, we wanted to share the story of Dillon, a 21-year-old Care Leaver, and his experience of mentoring.

Volunteer Centre Sutton is delighted to announce that the charity has achieved the London Youth UK Youth Bronze Quality Mark Award for 2022 to 2025.

Our MAPS mentoring project supports many young carers with one to one mentoring.

"During my mentoring year I have learnt It can be good to meet new people" Jaz, aged 12

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Michael arrived in the UK alone and unsure of his future

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Congratulations to one of our longest standing MAPS Mentors, Derek Terrell, who was awarded Outstanding Volunteer at the 2019 Sutton Community Awards

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One of our long-standing MAPS mentors shares her experiences

Throughout Volunteers' Week we're sharing 'thank you' messages to volunteers from organisations in Sutton. Our MAPS team would like to thank Caroline Magin

Throughout Volunteers' Week we're sharing 'thank you messages to volunteers from organisations in Sutton, starting with a thank you to one of our own volunteers

Afraid of leaving the house and struggled to cope with the demands of school life, he turned to MAPS for support

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But a love of fast cars and a mentor helped him find a way forward

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