Are you a young person aged 14-21?
You're in the right place.
Advantage is a free mental health and wellbeing mentoring programme for 14-21 year olds, delivered at your local football club, here to help you make the most of your opportunities.
How does it work?
Our mentoring sessions are led by you and what you want to talk about. You have a 1-hour individual session with your mentor once per week. You can stay in the programme for up to six months, or less than that if you feel you’re ready to move on – it’s up to you!
The mentoring session is an informal space to chat and connect. You might have specific goals that you want support with, or you might want to take some time to get to know your mentor and figure out some goals together. Your goals can be personal, educational, social, employment, or wellbeing related, or maybe something else! It’s completely up to you.
Who will my mentor be?
Our mentors on Advantage are staff at the football club community organisation who have experience working with people your age and talking about the kind of issues or worries that you might have. We have mentors of different ages, genders and ethnicities so we are happy to help listen to what kind of person you feel you might get along with.
Your mentor has had training in this kind of mentoring, but mainly they are focused on building a good rapport with you and getting to know what you would like to achieve from the programme. They are happy to tailor the sessions to suit what you want to get out of it, so feel free to let them know what you would like to talk about or what you would like support with.
Meet the club mentors....
I was born in Brazil and moved to the UK in 2001, always resided in East London and attended Rokeby school for boys in Stratford before they moved it to Canning Town. Being immigrants we had no knowledge of the support available to me as a young person, so most of the times I had to figure life out by myself.
I got involved in youth work to help as many young people as possible to know they are not alone, and there are many different support options for them.
Interests: Football (my favourite teams are Man Utd & West Ham), video games, psychology of team sports, world cuisines, travelling, meeting new people.
Where do the sessions take place?
The sessions can either take place at our inspirational club facilities; or online or on the phone; or in a public place of your choice that you are comfortable with. You choose what type of session you would prefer. Remember it’s your choice, and it’s important for us to meet you somewhere where it is comfortable and safe for you and us.
What if I don’t get along with my mentor?
We try to make sure that everybody is matched with a mentor who they will have a productive working relationship with, but we understand if you have any concerns and we want you to feel able to raise them. You will always have the contact details of somebody at the football club community organisation who is not your mentor who you can contact if you have any concerns at all about the programme. You can also speak to the person who refers you to the programme or the NHS worker who will chat to you about the programme before you meet your mentor.