Make a Difference - Be a Mentor!

The Keynsham-based community project, Community at 67, is looking for mentors for a new mentoring scheme to help change the lives of young people in the local area. Mentors will help young people to access employment, education or training and to make positive changes to their lives by meeting regularly with the young people selected and covering a variety of subjects to help them access employment as well as to raise their self-esteem. 

Mentoring at 67 is an activity-based, one-to-one mentoring programme which is committed to making a difference to young people aged 18-25. Mentoring at67 placements are unique and varied, and aim to match mentors to their mentees based on interests and similarities. You do not require set qualifications (but you do need to be at least 18 years old), you simply need to be able to support the mentee to learn, grow and develop. Mentoring has been recognised as being key to engaging with young people and helping them build their confidence, skills and development on an individual basis.  

Mentors also gain a great deal from taking part in the scheme and they are able to make a major contribution to the development of a young person. One mentor commented, “I feel that the mentoring project enabled my mentee to take more of a responsibility for his actions. I found that it was a point of contact for him to explain how he was feeling and why he acted in a positive or negative way. It had certainly helped him focus more throughout the year. He had worked really hard over the year and it did show in his actions in school.” 

Christina Smith, Chair of Community at 67, said, “We are really excited about this mentoring scheme, we will be working with Keynsham Youth Service and the community to provide valuable support to our local young people. We are grateful to the South West Foundation for funding to run this scheme.” 

Mentors generally deliver a minimum of one session per week over the course of a year, each session is a minimum of one hour. Free training is provided for mentors and successful applicants will also be DBS checked.  

To apply to be a mentor and for more information about new Mentoring at 67 programme, contact Alison Finn on Mobile: 07874 232029. Email: asap, ideally by 30th June. 

For more information about Community at 67, contact Christina Smith, Chair of the centre on Mobile: 07737 742300. Email: Web: