Kinship care

The Hearts of kinship care

Mentor is the lead partner in a new kinship care programme run by Big Hearts Community Trust that seeks to use "the power of the club's crest" to support kinship care families in Edinburgh and beyond. The scheme will run a weekly after-school club for children offering football coaching, music tuition and other activities, and a support group for carers providing information, advice and peer support.

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Research

Mentor-ADEPIS joins expert meeting with UNESCO, UNODC and WHO

We were recently given an exciting opportunity to share examples of good practice from Mentor ADEPIS and contribute to the development of new international guidance at a four-day International Expert Meeting on Substance Use among Children and Young People held in Istanbul by UNESCO, UNODC and WHO.

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Research

“We don’t get taught enough”

The findings from Mentor's recent work on school-based alcohol and drug education have been published by the peer-reviewed international journal, Drugs and Alcohol Today.

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Mentor News

Mentor takes on the Royal Parks Half Marathon

On October 11, 2015, Team Mentor joined 16,000 runners in completing the Royal Parks Foundation Half Marathon to raise money and awareness for the important work we and our partners do.

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Programmes

3…2…1…GBG!

After months of hard work and preparation, the UK trial of the Good Behaviour Game has finally started. GBG Project Officer Alessandra Podestà shares her thoughts from behind the scenes of the trial.

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Policy

Workshop explores cross-cector youth policy involvement

On 7 September, Mentor's Youth Insight team brought together people from a wide range of organisations to focus on youth engagement and participation in policy development. Participants represented a diverse range of organisations and sectors, including local government, youth/community centres, young offenders' rehabilitation services, education, employability, healthcare and citizenship services and various charities.

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Education

Free regional ADEPIS seminar: Effekt

Mentor ADEPIS is determined to bring evidence-based practice to mainstream education. We will do this through the delivery of free regional seminars exploring CAYT quality assessed programmes. We are pleased to announce that our second seminar will look at the Effekt programme, developed in Sweden, and will take place on Wednesday 7 October 2015.

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Kinship care

New funding shows that family matters

Mentor Scotland has been awarded £488,614 by the Big Lottery Investing in Communities fund to continue its work with kinship care families in Scotland. Over the next three years 500 families across three regions will have access to a range of targeted support, and Mentor can expand their work supporting kinship carers for another three years.

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Mentor News

Professor Harry Sumnall joins Mentor Board of Trustees

We are pleased to announce that Harry Sumnall, Professor of Substance Use at the Centre for Public Health and Liverpool John Moores University, has joined Mentor as our newest Trustee.

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Policy

Dealing with ‘legal highs’ requires more than legislation

The government’s headline Psychoactive Substances Bill attracted criticism earlier this week when it was debated in the House of Lords. Mentor believes that evidence-based drug prevention and education represent the most effective means of ensuring that our children and young people grow up free from the harms of drugs – including NPS. Although the Bill suggests the government share this overall aim, the focus on legislation will likely lead to more resources being channelled into enforcement at a time when we need to improve prevention at a national level.

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