[mentoring & coaching]

About the project

Southend YMCA has extensive experience in mentoring and coaching. Whether it’s younger children, young people in the transition to adulthood, or young adults who are unemployed, our personalised and strengths-based approach has helped individuals to achieve their goals, overcome barriers and develop self-esteem and confidence.


Our current coaching and mentoring initiatives include:


START to GLOW - Intensive support for children in foster care. This is a closed programme for children looked after by the Virtual School.

START CHANGING FUTURES - Mentoring through music with our skilled and team of music practitioners. This is an open-access project for young people aged 11-18 and is one of a number of YMCA Changing Futures projects which promote emotional wellbeing.


FAMILY INNOVATION FUND – Early help and support through short interventions (averaging 10 weeks).


Southend YMCA collaborates with Kids Inspire and the Children’s Society to deliver early help support in Essex as part of the Family Innovation Fund (FIF) Early Help Services across Essex.


The Essex County Council funded Family Innovation Fund (FIF) services are for children, young people and parents/carers with low-level needs who can’t be supported by services such as schools and GPs alone. FIF provides that little bit of extra help, should a difficulty occur, and those services cannot respond appropriately.

There are some restrictions to accessing this support and that is if the person(s) being referred are already being supported by specialist and/or statutory services. Referrals can be made for children and young people aged 8-19 years where they are:


  • Exhibiting risky behaviours that jeopardise personal safety

  • At the risk of going on to part-time school timetables or at risk of exclusion

  • Home educated where early help can have a positive impact

  • Have moderate learning difficulties (without an Education and Health Care Plan)

  • Have low-level behavioural issues (without an Education and Health Care Plan)


Referrals may also be made for a parent or carer.

How we can help

Our GLOW initiatives support young people to:


  • Understand and manage their feelings and behaviours

  • Learn new skills and approaches which can positively influence friendships and relationships at home and in school

  • Set and work towards personal goals

  • Learn how to build and maintain friendships decreasing isolation

  • Focus on education and careers


Young people tell us they value the time with their mentor or coach to explore issues which matter to them with a view to working towards solutions. All of which builds confidence and self-esteem.

"Young people grow with GLOW"

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