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Saturday 9 January 2016

Council calls for new recruits to mentor and inspire young people



Cheshire East Council and its partners are looking to recruit people to become mentors to help inspire the next generation.

If you are enthusiastic, dedicated and have a passion for working with young people – then this scheme needs you!

In February (2016), Alsager School, Crewe’s King’s Grove School and Eaton Bank Academy, in Congleton, will each run a Twista Connect programme – which aims to improve the journey through school, raising aspirations and creating opportunities for young people. 

And this inspirational project is looking to recruit 50 volunteer mentors.

Mentoring provides a unique opportunity for people to contribute to the personal development of a young person. It can take many forms, from giving a ‘mentee’ access to information and experience in a particular profession to helping them academically with study advice and supporting them within an exciting programme of activities.

Mentors will also develop their own skills by becoming a mentor. The mentoring relationship is special and allows both parties to develop skills which are of benefit to them both personally and professionally.

Councillor Les Gilbert, Cheshire East Council Cabinet member in charge of communities, said: “The Twista programmes have been hugely successful and play an important part in helping many teenagers find their feet and develop their confidence and skills as they embark on the transition between school and the work place.

“Many older people don’t fully realise just how valuable their life experience can be to others – especially the young – and yet they would love to give something back.

“I would strongly recommend and encourage anyone who might be interested in this to get in touch and find out more. It’s only a few hours’ commitment a month and could make a real and lasting difference to the life of someone else.”

The Twista Connect project seeks to encourage mentors from a wide range of ages, backgrounds and life experience, who can spare a few hours a month. The one common trait is a desire to see others succeed.

Feedback from students who have completed the programme have been superb with many highlighting it’s positive influence on their confidence, grades and ability to overcome the many problems encountered by teenagers.

Assistant Chief Constable of Cheshire police Mark Roberts said: “Cheshire Constabulary are proud to endorse Twista as a true representation of the acronym for ‘Together We Inspire Striving To Achieve’. 

“By working with partner agencies over two school terms, the programme centres around introducing new ways of thinking and personal decision making to improve attitudes, behaviour and self-esteem in young people.   

“At a time when some young people are most vulnerable and susceptible to negative influences, Twista works to build close connections with people in the community, in the school, with mentors and peers. 

“Prior success shows that with the support of positive relationships throughout the structured programme, those fully engaged on the programme have reaped results that have improved the life outcomes and aspirations for students involved.”

If you are interested in learning more about becoming a Twista mentor or more about the scheme, please contact:

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