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Welcome to Breakthrough mentoring

Who we are

The Breakthrough mentoring team, established in 2003, support people of all ages from children to adults, with a range of needs. We are part of the Public Health team, and as such work with our colleagues to provide specialist help such as nutrition, mental health, sexual health advice and drug & alcohol support.

What we do

We assess individual need through our referral process to create a bespoke support plan. Based on an initial face to face meeting, we will match the service user to the mentor we think they will get on with the best, based on both personality and interests. We work one to one with our service users, however if required, we can also provide group support.  During the initial meeting, we will look to find out about the activities that interest and inspire the service user, which can range from creative arts, outdoors & nature, sport and fitness, getting out and exploring areas, volunteering, life skills, community groups to relaxing and talking.  All of the activities we provide help our service users to build natural relationships, confidence and positive mental health.

Breakthrough’s aims and objectives

  • To provide a high level of support to meet a range of needs (social, emotional and physical)
  • To enable our service users to live fulfilled lives and thrive in a variety of ways and expand opportunities and engage with new people and environments
  • To tailor our support to match the needs of our individual service users, recognising and valuing the differences and individual contribution that all people make to the organisation
  • To work in a collaborative way with our community to create longstanding partnerships which complement our service and benefit our service users.

How to refer to Breakthrough

Please go to our referral page for more information on how to refer to Breakthrough mentoring.

Realising Talent

Realising talent is a West of England Combined Authority (WECA) funded pilot scheme, led bt Bath and North East Somerset Council. The scheme provides additional support to young people aged 14 – 16 to improve their opportunities at, and transitions to Post 16 education and training. It is for young people:

  • aged 14-16 at risk of not participating in education and training at post-16
  • living in the West of England: Bath and North East Somerset, Bristol and South Gloucestershire
  • identified via participating schools as in need of support

The scheme offers mentoring, careers advice and guidance, and additional courses to improve health and wellbeing, confidence, life skills and college/job ready skills.

Schools and parents can contact the following project leads to enquire about eligibility for the programme:

The Realising Talent privacy notice is also available to read online.

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