Following its launch at the Suffolk Show, the Seckford Springboard mentoring programme welcomed its first band of new recruits in the West of the county during July. Volunteer mentors in Suffolk Coastal will be invited to their own introductory session in September.
The Seckford Foundation has a long history of supporting those in need in the community surrounding Woodbridge, its place of origin. Alongside the well known Alms Houses, the Seckford Foundation Springboard initiative includes a grants scheme, apprenticeship opportunities and the refreshed mentoring programme for young people in Suffolk.
With mental health still headline news, Springboard mentors are witnessing the truth behind those headlines as their well-being mentoring programme grows. Rural Apprenticeships and Mentoring Manager Jenny Stockman, appointed in January by the Seckford Foundation said,
“Simply providing someone impartial to whom a young person can talk, one-to-one, reaps immeasurable rewards for both mentor and mentee. If Seckford Foundation can ensure more young people are aware that a friendly ear is there for them and they know how to access it, whatever their circumstances, I will be delighted.”
Jenny’s role resulted from a partnership between Seckford Foundation, The Prince’s Countryside Fund and The Salvation Army, all brought together to address disadvantages rural young people can face. Building on this strong collaboration, the Foundation forged a further bond with Woodbridge based Just42 to share their years of mentoring experience. Adopting the structured and highly successful programme developed by Just 42 will create a tried, tested backbone for the Springboard programme.