Mentoring & Coaching

About the project
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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:

Y's Girls Mentoring Programme - The Y’s Girls mentoring programme matches trained volunteer mentors with young women aged 9-14 years old.

Over a 12 month period, the mentors and young people meet regularly and work together to identify achievable goals that will empower the mentee and build their resilience to enable them to lead fulfilling lives.  The sessions offer an informal environment with the opportunity to discuss anything that might be worrying them, from family and personal relationships to lifestyle and education.

For more information please contact:

Kelly Kennedy, Y's Girls Mentoring Project Coordinator. 


Phone 079188 40890 

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


GLOW - 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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Phone: 01702 301301