About Us

Delivering inspirational mentoring for Somerset’s most vulnerable, disaffected and disadvantaged young people.

We recruit, train and support volunteers who provide long-term, inspirational mentoring to some of the county’s most vulnerable and disadvantaged children and young people – ages 5 to 25. They are referred to the scheme for a wide variety of reasons, including some who have suffered abuse or neglect.
Our successful mentoring model has been developed over the past 20 years. Through a long-term, trusting relationship with a mentor, a child can develop the resilience, self-esteem and emotional well-being that will help them “to build a life that works”.
Each of our wonderful volunteers is an ordinary person who can find a little time to give regular support to a child who needs their help. After extensive training and assessment, they are carefully matched with their young friend and thereafter meet with them on a weekly or fortnightly basis for a period of at least two years. Mentoring is about simple activities – a walk, a coffee or a trip to the beach. The gifts of time and attention are what our young people value the most.
PROMISEworks relies upon its own fundraising efforts to finance this non-statutory service.

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"Mentors are like pillars. If you take them away the roof falls in"
"When im with my mentor only good things happen"
"I can tell her anything, she doesnt overreact just talks things through"
"My mentor is a bit like a mad scientist- like I am going to be in the future."