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Designed to develop effective preventative approaches for learning mentors working with the emotional needs of vulnerable youngsters, this resource helps ensure that children and young people can learn ways to feel safe and valued and can build confidence to act independently.Resources for Learning Mentors shows mentors how to help young people: Develop a capacity to set realistic targets Build a positive view of their strengths and abilities Strengthen skills in communication and problem solving Improve their capacity to manage strong feelingsThe author provides comprehensive facilitator notes, activities, and resources to support positive mental health and well being.

Hopes, Fears and Dreams
Hopes, fears and dreams

To explore individual aspirations and hopes for the future. To consider realistic options and to look at what they will need to start doing in order to achieve their goals.


Participants run through exercises that help them plan for the future, using a career lifeline to explore their options.

  • Career lifeline
  • Option cards
  • Flip chart paper, pens
  • Ball of string or wool
  • Scissors
  • Certificates
  • Evaluation sheets.
Check In

Welcome back to the group. Give participants time to raise any issues they have from last week's session.

Ice Breaker
The Best Thing That Happened to Me This Week

In a round each participant finishes off the statement:

  • ‘The best thing that happened to me this week was …’
  • It can be followed by different rounds, such as:
  • ‘If ...
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