Supporting vulnerable children in being their best.

Mentees meet with the Arise Team before being matched, to get to know the team, the programme and gain an insight into what they would like to gain from it and how best we can help them.

We work out an agreed plan with the mentee and they will go on to have meetings with the Arise Team and their parents, guardians or social workers to ensure that they get the very best out of the programme.

Applying to become a mentor

Want to become a mentor to help fulfill a child's potential and equipping them with the skills and tools to thrive in their futures?

If you are interested and considering becoming a mentor, have a look at our steps to applying below. Mentors will receive training at the start of their induction and will be supported by our team throughout the programme. Mentors will also be expected to have a clear DBS check.

Please note all mentors will be required to carry out the necessary checks before starting with Arise Refugees.

1 Pre Application

Show interest

Attend a national launch event

Talk to us

2 Application

Fill application form

Attend mandatory training

Attend informal interview

3 Getting Ready

Apply for DBS check & safeguarding training

Prepare sessions & upskill yourself

Matching process begins

4 Delivery

Meet your mentee

Establish regular contact

Change a life forever

How does it work?

Arise mentors are required to conduct 6 sessions with their mentee over a period of 12 weeks, to work on 4 core skill areas that will help the mentees achieve their full potential through a range of activities.

In between the scheduled mentoring meetings, there will be a follow-up phone call to the mentee to discuss progress and prepare for the next scheduled mentoring activity. During the programme, mentors are expected to take part in mandatory programme training to further enhance their skills and discuss any issues that they may have.

Why focus on mentoring?

Many children who have come into the UK as refugees or asylum seekers are in need of a loving and stable home.

Over the last few years, the UK has witnessed an influx of refugee children entering the country hoping to make it their home. Mentoring can help young people achieve:

  • Develop social skills, with particular focus on adapting to British culture while maintaining their own.
  • Develop the English language and other academic support.
  • Provide emotional support.
  • Serve as an advocate and guide basic activities such as using public transportation, using a library, looking for a job, etc.
  • Develop workforce preparedness skills.
  • Provide opportunities for peer interaction and support.


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