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Mentoring for deaf young people

Photo: Young person texting on their phone.

Get one-to-one support, inspiration and advice with our new mentoring service for deaf young people

Our new text based service connects deaf young people, aged 15-18, with a mentor who is a positive deaf role model. Having a mentor can help a deaf young person to overcome challenges and inspire them to reach their potential.

How our mentoring service works

Each deaf young person will be matched with their own mentor. They’ll be able to chat directly through text with their mentor for support and guidance on a wide range of topics. These can include emotional health and wellbeing, further education and careers. Our mentors will be able to draw on their own experiences to offer personalised support for their mentee.

We have partnered with Brightside, an established charity who are experts in online mentoring for young people. All conversations between mentors and their mentee will take place on Brightside’s mentoring platform (if you're using a computer or laptop), or you can download the app to message from your phone or a tablet.

This exciting new opportunity for young people is the first step to access mentor support. The next step will be to establish a video based mentor approach, and then a face to face mentor approach.

How having a mentor can help a deaf young person

There are many great benefits to having a mentor, these include:

  • developing coping skills in dealing with setbacks and challenges
  • building a sense of belonging and feel understood
  • understanding and accessing support networks
  • preventing feelings of isolation and loneliness
  • practising and developing communication skills.

How long does the mentoring last

The first round of mentoring will take place for 10 weeks from 8 March-16 May 2021.

About our mentors

For the launch of our new service, our mentors will be staff members and volunteers, aged 18 and over, from the National Deaf Children’s Society.

All of our mentors will complete mentoring and safeguarding training and have an enhanced DBS/PVG check.

Young people, aged 18 and over, who are mentees will also be offered the option to become a mentor at the end of the 10-week programme.

Applications have now closed. Why not take a look at our other events and activities for deaf young people?

Places for our mentoring service are limited. Completing an application form doesn’t guarantee you a place.

For more information, please email [email protected].