Mentoring in Schools for Children's Mental Health

by Lee Canoville in Nottingham, England, United Kingdom

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We're raising vital funds to keep our charity from closure, so that we can continue to support the 300+ children we mentor in schools

by Lee Canoville in Nottingham, England, United Kingdom

Help us raise money to keep our mentoring going in schools, supporting our children’s mental health and wellbeing

We are raising vital funds to keep our charity from closure, so that we can continue to support all of the children that attend our mentoring programme throughout COVID-19 and beyond.

Since our Launch in 2018 we have grown from 4 to 40 schools. At present we go into 29 schools each week and we mentor over 300 children. We provide vital support services to teachers and the NHS, where funds for children’s mental health are extremely limited. We fulfil an intermediary role between the two, running our mentoring programme in support of children’s mental health and wellbeing, all of which has been further strained because of coronavirus.

Who we are & what we do

Brighter Futures Through Sport (BFTS) was established in 2018 as a charity providing therapeutic mentoring interventions to young children identified by schools to be failing academically, at risk of exclusion, and showing classic attributes of low self-esteem, challenging behaviour, little focus and effort in the classroom, as well as difficulties in socialising and communicating with peers and teachers.

Brighter Futures Through Sport successfully uses sport and one-to-one mentoring to empower, educate, inspire, raise self-esteem and give confidence to every child we work with, with the aim of improving schoolwork and behaviour, developing different capabilities to enable them to participate in society as mature and responsible individuals.

We now need your help

Right now our charity is in a vulnerable position as our regular fundraising streams (charity shop revenue, fundraising events and football tournaments) have been paused for over a year due to coronavirus leaving us with a £14,000 deficit.

Charity Founder Lee Canoville says “It has been a hugely testing time for Brighter Futures Through Sport and we’re in a position where we need to do everything we can to make sure our mentors are available for the children that need them. We’re seeking support from businesses and individuals in Nottingham and beyond to help us continue with our mentee’s in the 29 schools we work with, providing a vital role in supporting teachers and the NHS where children’s mental health services are currently very strained.”

How donations will be used and why we need £14,000

Phase 1: We need £4000 by April to continue running our mentoring to 300 children in 29 schools. Without this money we will have to withdraw from the schools we are currently mentoring in.

Phase 2: We need to raise a further £10,000 by September to ensure we can continue mentoring with schools in the 21/22 term or we face the very real possibility of having to withdraw from schools and close the charity altogether.

Why we need your help?

  • Children are finding it difficult to cope with less social interaction, inconsistent routines and feelings of loneliness and vulnerability, our mentoring programme helps them stay in a routine they know and trust
  • One-third of children have experienced an increase in mental health issues including stress, loneliness and worry since the pandemic began
  • Two thirds of primary school children report feeling lonely (May 2020) – this is up 50% on normal levels
  • 83% of children and young people with pre-existing mental health problems believe that their problems have worsened.

 Find out more about the mentoring work we do: 

Thankyou for taking the time time to read this and thankyou to anyone who has made a donation.

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