Chance UK and Action for Children in Liverpool have been working in partnership since 2005.
This is Chance UK’s longest standing franchise to date. Action for Children in Liverpool is now funded to work in Knowsley with children aged 5-11 years with behavioural difficulties.
When Max, aged 9 was referred to the programme he had been removed from his mother’s care due to serious neglect. His attendance and punctuality at school was poor, when he did attend school he couldn’t concentrate on his work, he was preoccupied and he struggled so much with fitting in with his peers, which made it hard for him to make or sustain friendships. He appeared a very sad child. Max and his brother were removed from their mother and cared for by his maternal aunt.
At home Max’s aunt described him as disrespectful towards her, she said she would receive constant calls from school regarding his negative behaviour and this was now beginning to have a negative impact on her, her family and the placement. His aunt said if Max’s negative behaviour continued she couldn’t be 100% sure she could continue to look after him and the placement was in danger of breaking down.
Max’s history suggested he could be quite disrespectful to females, it was felt that a strong consistent female who would challenge him positively would be beneficial for him. Once he had met Tina he didn’t object to having a female mentor and they very quickly formed a very good trusting relationship.
Max engaged well in the positive activities himself and Tina embarked on and showed a particular interest in museums and local history; he loved to gain knowledge about past events, which Tina actively encouraged.
Max developed new skills all the time, Tina did specific work with him to recognise the impact his attitude and behaviour had upon his relationships, especially with his peers and encouraged him to understand his behaviour and to take responsibility for his actions.
The mentoring had a very positive effect on Max. His school report showed that he was beginning to open up more and wasn’t as disruptive as previously. Max’s teacher also reported that he would now remove himself from situations, instead of getting caught up and instigating things.
Max attended a week long retreat with CHICKS Adventure Holidays during his mentoring year. His Volunteer Coordinator received a very good report back from the Camp workers; they reported that he interacted well with the group and other children from the rest of the country. They believed that Max’s willingness to try new things and his improving skills to make new friends was brilliant for his confidence, also his attempts to resolve any conflict instead of provoke it was very admirable.
Max’s aunt said she feels this is a really positive change and it has had a positive effect on all of them in the family, it’s a happier home now.
We’re looking for all types of people who are interested in volunteering to mentor a child in Liverpool. To apply to be a Volunteer Mentor for Merseyside Junior Mentoring please click here.
If you’re a professional in the Liverpool area and would like to know more about the project or make a referral please contact Volunteer Mentor Coordinator Lisa Corcoran on 0151 226 6577 or email firstname.lastname@example.org