Place2Be Mentorship Programme

Partner: Balgreen Primary School and Longstone Primary School
Partner type: Community Group
Project category: Volunteering

As part of our Koinonia (Teamwork with the Community) programme, Merchiston Castle School works with the charity Place2Be to place Lower Sixth Form pupils in local primary schools as mentors.

Aims of the project

To promote positive mental health in schools

Background and goals

Merchiston Castle School has supported the work of the charity Place2Be for over 10 years.  In addition to raising money by fundraising, the school also pays for all the Lower Sixth Form pupils to be put through the Place2Be mentorship training programme.  Some of these pupils then volunteer as mentors in local primary schools.

Resources

2 members of staff, 1.25 hours per week.

It costs Merchiston Castle School £5000 to put all the Lower Sixth Form pupils through the Place2Be mentorship training programme.

We spend money on games, toys, transport (taxis), and we also pay for two parties at Christmas and Easter.

Impact

The lead organiser contacts the schools on a termly basis for formal qualitative feedback.  The pupils also write a short report about their experiences.

Pupil involvement

In 2016/17, a group of 34 pupils aged 16-17 took part from Merchiston.

34 pupils from Balgreen and Longstone primary schools took part.

Frequency and duration

Weekly from early October to late March (20 weeks), on an annual basis.