What we do!

At FNB Mentoring and Coaching, we’re all about helping children and young people to achieve their goals and unlock their full potential in a fun, relaxed and personalised way. We’re not here to tick boxes, we’re here to ignite motivation and passion, helping children and young people to navigate tricky times and jump the hurdles life can throw at you.

Children and Young People

At FNB we are aware that Childhood can be the most traumatic time in our lives due to many factors such as:

· Adolescence
· Transition from primary Education to Secondary Education
· Issues with friendships
· Family issues
· Issues at school

At FNB we have supported Children and Young People through these difficult periods and would support them in a variety of ways including at their school, in the family home, on a walk in the fresh air or at a place of their choice. We feel that we are uniquely placed to support children and young people from disadvantaged communities.

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Looked-after Children

At FNB we are aware that Childhood can be the most traumatic time in our lives and if you add in being a Looked After Child, these traumas are so often life changing and are often defined as ACE’s (Adverse Childhood Experiences) which impact during and after these are happening, these can take the form of issues around:

  • Family Breakdown
  • Abuse
  • Neglect
  • Parental illness or disability
  • Child/Young Persons illness or disability

 

At FNB we have supported Children and Young People living within the Care System within their Residential Setting as part of the Management Teams and as Residential support as well as working as part of Pastoral Teams within schools. As such we feel that we are uniquely placed to support children and young people who are Looked After Children.

At FNB we are happy to work closely with Looked After Children in their residential settings as well as in their school environments. Many of the concerns they might have may be similar to the issues that we cover in our section dealing with Children and Young People. In all instances, we will look to support young lives by utilising our wealth of experience working within the Residential Care system to ensure we mentor Looked After Children as successfully as we do with other Children and Young People.

 

Whilst the mentoring support offered to Looked After Children will draw parallels with the support generally given to Children and Young People, we recognise that there are distinct differences that specifically relate to living with Carers when compared to living with birth families. As such, we have included the additional support we offer to Looked After Children below:

A FNB Mentor can be

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Families

Mentoring is usually a solo project used on a 1:1 basis. At FNB we also provide this facility for families. As with all of our services this would be a bespoke provision. Due to the challenging environment or circumstances families may be facing we believe this approach will prove to be most beneficial. We are here to assure families that they are not alone. The support will help to build capacity and confidence, assist during transitions from Primary to Secondary schooling and help to reduce the likelihood and impact of any future family upheaval.

To support a family after making contact with us;

  • We will assess your referral form.
  • Arrange a meeting with relevant family members.
  • Develop a plan of action.
  • Provide a bespoke package of support through engagement.
  • Work closely with the family.

 

FNB recognise the benefits of Mentoring in support of the whole family as this can often promote an evolution in the child/ young person which helps them to grow as an individual both professionally and socially. It also helps to raise awareness of issues that may exist between the family, educators and any other professionals that may be involved.

Meaningful family engagement has the potential to make a significant difference in how relevant parties perceive each other. This in turn often has a positive effect in terms of promoting future constructive dialogue.

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Communities

Communities will benefit by FNB mentoring children, young people and adults in need (particularly from a Black and Minority Ethnic communities), to be engaged in their education, work and day to day lives and becoming more responsible members of the communities where they live and the schools they attend. It has been identified that there is a need for support for the above groups within the local area and with the local knowledge (particularly from the Black and Minority Ethnic communities) that is held within the team, we feel that we are uniquely placed to provide this specialised service. It has often been said that in the vast majority of cases we, as human beings, have an innate desire to belong to something bigger than ourselves. For many, being able to integrate fully into wider society goes some considerable way to fulfilling that need. For others that journey can be a particularly treacherous one. 

Social exclusion continues to present a significant barrier preventing many individuals from contributing significantly to their local communities as well as to wider society in general. Barriers to inclusion can take many different forms and can include but are not exclusive to issues around finance, education, training and employment. The inability to access even the most basic of public and social services is also often regarded as another significant cause of social exclusion.

Simply put, sometimes people just need a helping hand. At FNB we firmly believe that a strong community is an inclusive community.  One of our overarching aims is to build capacity and nurture a stronger sense of ownership and responsibility. To promote an environment where individuals and families feel empowered enough to play an active role in shaping their own positive futures and by doing so improving the quality of life not just for themselves but of everyone in the locality within which they work, rest and play.