Mentoring

We believe that when people are trying to change their lives and build a new life that looks different; mentoring relationships work. 

Helping take the right step forward

CLI mentoring relationships support people practically and emotionally to help them make changes in their lives.

CLI mentors are volunteers alongside paid staff and all our mentors are well trained and supported to work with people the CLI way.  We listen to people and provide the support they want in the community. It is important for us to be people centred, reliable and consistent.

When the Institute of Criminology at Cambridge University were looking for excellent mentoring in action they chose CLI to make this short film which shows mentoring in action and how it works to support change.   Then renowned criminologist and experts, including our own Pete Atherton, gave their views on how and why it works. This film is about Josh and his story of working to change his life alongside his mentor Jody, who went on to be awarded a British Empire Medal from the Queen in the New Years Honours list. Read more…

CLI mentors are volunteers alongside paid staff and all our mentors are well trained and supported to work with people the CLI way.  We listen to people and provide the support they want in the community. It is important for us to be people centred, reliable and consistent. 

When the Institute of Criminology at Cambridge University were looking for excellent mentoring in action they chose CLI to make this short film which shows mentoring in action and how it works to support change.   Then renowned criminologist and experts, including our own Pete Atherton, gave their views on how and why it works. This film is about Josh and his story of working to change his life alongside his mentor Jody, who went on to be awarded a British Empire Medal from the Queen in the New Years Honours list. Read more…

Our volunteers come from all walks of life and we accept all volunteers that have something to offer those we support.  We then invest in training and supporting these volunteers.  All our volunteers complete a three day training course and have the opportunity to shadow before being matched to a suitable mentor. 

Our project co-ordinators monitor the mentoring relationship and support volunteers with monthly supervision.  This ensures that the mentoring relationship is effective and able to offer the practical and emotional support that the person needs.

Volunteers are also supported to develop, we understand that volunteers are also seeking outcomes, often they want to gain experience and learn new skills to help with their own future plans.

Our volunteers come from all walks of life and we accept all volunteers that have something to offer those we support.  We then invest in training and supporting these volunteers.  All our volunteers complete a three day training course and have the opportunity to shadow before being matched to a suitable mentor.

Our project co-ordinators monitor the mentoring relationship and support volunteers with monthly supervision.  This ensures that the mentoring relationship is effective and able to offer the practical and emotional support that the person needs.

Volunteers are also supported to develop, we understand that volunteers are also seeking outcomes, often they want to gain experience and learn new skills to help with their own future plans.

“I have had disputes with my probation officer, tense relationship, but my mentor has been there to act as a middle women and diffused situations that have prevented a complete breakdown in that relationship with probation. I probably would have been recalled ages ago if it wasn’t for her”

 – Danny, mentored by CLI Manchester

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