Supporting the younger generation

Funding level: £5,001 to £10,000


GreenHouse Mentoring is a Service for our Community.
We are a locally focused, Luton based organisation, established in 2002, committed to provide a safe, supportive and friendly place for young people, volunteers and staff alike.
We provide quality, trained, screened volunteers from diverse backgrounds who choose to consistently meet with, mentor and help referred young people in Luton to take responsibility for their actions, improve their social skills and become more self-confident and resilient.
We love to treat everyone in a uniquely personal way and help them to unlock their potential.
Our service is free to Service Users and Referrers alike.

We hold the Approved Provider Standard for Mentoring (NCVO Mentoring & Befriending Award) and the Investing in Volunteers Award.

In Luton 25% of children live in poverty. This means 14,000 children and young people. Poverty brings many barriers to children.

National research shows that children living below the poverty line are less likely to fulfil their educational potential, are at greater risk of social exclusion and have poorer health.

In Luton, the results are no different. Research, conducted by Level Trust with 40 Luton schools, highlighted that poverty is causing children to go without clothing and learning resources for the home. Poverty such as this, is creating barriers to children reaching their potential academically and socially, causes children to have low self-esteem because they feel stigmatised and 'different' and, most worryingly, causes children to experience poor health and leads to: chronic illnesses, behavioural issues, bullying and ASB.

Mental Health: In Luton, disorders are 25% above national average.

(extracts from the latest Joint Strategic Needs Assessment)

We get referrals from those with behavioural issues, low self-esteem, learning difficulties and health problems.

Specifically we provide support to over 120 young people via:
- One to one Mentoring Support to referred young people (aged 5 to 18) - we provide mentoring of young people for a minimum of a year for one hour a week in term time and by agreement during holidays.
- Group Mentoring Support to referred young people through
a) Monthly Skills & Activity Clubs - we run three clubs per month for age groups 8-10, 11-13 and 14-18.
b) Skills Courses - we run at least two courses each term - Dealing with Anger (6 weeks of 1.5 hours per week) and Building Self Esteem (5 weeks of 1 hour per week) for children aged 8-13.
- Young Parent Mentoring - up to the age of 25.
- English Corner Mentoring - To help enable children and parents whose 1st language is not English to improve conversationally through the English Corner.

(Our pictures do not show children for safeguarding reasons)

Project Video

Stopsley Baptist Church (project - GreenHouse Mentoring)

Moment of Pride

A Manager who dived from a plane despite having MS and vertigo, to help young people in Luton & since joining GHM Mentees said
90% had improved confidence
86% said they understood better how their behaviour affected others
& Helping Volunteers to support their community & build their confidence

Location: Luton