The Mayor's £45 million Young Londoners Fund is helping children and young people to fulfil their potential, particularly those at risk of getting caught up in crime. It supports a wide range of local community projects providing activities for young Londoners. We're delighted to announce that we have been awarded funding from the Mayor of London to run a special project called "Bridge the Gap". Bridge the Gap is a mentoring service jointly run by MAPS and Home-Start Sutton to deliver a family approach support programme. We will help young people aged 10 - 21 and their families, who are experiencing complex and challenging life circumstances, those at risk of exclusion or at risk of involvement in criminal activity.
We aim to support feelings of low self-esteem, reduced aspirations, risk taking behaviour, as well as emotional and mental health issues. The volunteer mentor offers the young person a safe space to talk, supports them in engaging in positive activities within the community, as well as providing a chance to set realistic goals.
Taking a holistic approach, parents, schools and families, including siblings, will also benefit with help to grow healthy relationships, become resilient and follow positive pathways.
To find out how to make a referral, please contact the MAPS team at Volunteer Centre Sutton.