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Bath’s Mentoring Plus has received £15,000 from Global’s Make Some Noise to support its vital work to empower and inspire young people facing challenges through award winning mentoring programmes.  

Global’s Make Some Noise, the official charity of the Media & Entertainment group Global, has distributed grants to 60 small charities and projects across the UK following its determined fundraising efforts in 2021.

The money granted to Mentoring Plus will fund young people tranisitioning from primary to secondary school and enable life-changing benefits to families and individuals in the local community. It will also cover the cost of skilled practitioners who support not just the young person but their family and school to ensure they have the best outcomes possible.

Jenny Perez, Fundraising & Communications Manager at Mentoring Bath, said, “This funding will enable us to support even more young people. Demand is high and moving schools is a big step for all young people and especially those already facing challenges. We can’t thank Global enough for this huge boost.”

Now in its eighth year of service, Global’s Make Some Noise has supported over 400 local charities whose remarkable work has helped a total of 150,000 people across the UK. The money raised has paid for food banks, befriending projects for the elderly and isolated, cancer wellbeing programmes, domestic abuse refuges, employment training and physical therapy for people with disabilities. 

Donations received by Mentoring Plus last year will fund the following support and essential services for over 22,000 people in the next 12 months:

  • 1,000 hours of holistic support to people experiencing homelessness – from, housing and food banks, to employability skills training.
  • Over 5,500 hours of intensive support for people affected by domestic abuse, including children and young people.  
  • Over 9,000 hours of mental health support including 1:1 counselling sessions, online chat services and therapeutic group work.  
  • Nearly 2,000 youth work sessions for young people facing difficult life challenges. 
  • Over 1,500 hours of digital literacy training for people with learning disabilities or sight loss, those facing homelessness and older generations. 
  • 59 specialist roles including, a Housing Manager at a homelessness project, a speech and language therapist for children with Down syndrome, four case workers specialising in domestic abuse, and a Bereavement Support Worker for children who have lost a close family member.

Emma Bradley, Director of Global Goodness at Global, said, “It’s been an incredibly tough couple of years for everyone. With the cost of living continuing to increase many more people will turn to local groups for help, putting extra strain on their resources. So we’re pleased to be able to help small charities at the centre of communities and will continue to raise money and awareness for their vital work.”