Mentor UK Strategic Plan 2017-2022

Mentor exists to support the future of our children.

We believe in children and we want every child to thrive, no matter their background.

Over the next five years we will continue to build and foster children’s ambitions, inspiring them to succeed while striving to evidence to key policy makers that prevention is essential in achieving this.

Some children continue to struggle to fit in, feel not good enough and out of place. They continue to face poverty, neglect, exploitation and abuse which can lead to limited life chances and a higher risk of harms from or dependency on alcohol and drugs.

We will persist to identify these young people at the earliest of stages and to transform their lives with sustained and credible interventions to ensure the best protection from alcohol and drugs.

We will strive to show that prevention and early intervention holds the best hope for effective protection.

We will continue to specialise in understanding, testing and promoting interventions that have the best chance of success.

In an ambitious new strategic plan, Mentor highlights its suite of evidence-based programmes that have been proven to change young people’s attitudes and behaviour to alcohol and drugs and to engage them in education, training, volunteering and work. Mentor is working for an effective, comprehensive and national prevention strategy with families, schools and communities. No single approach can prevent a young person experimenting with alcohol or drugs, but Mentor wants to create a prevention ‘ecosystem’ which increases protective factors and reduces risks.

Mentor works with children and young people up to 25, as well as the adults who support them, to deliver education, advice and resources in the home, education and community settings.

The plan’s top goals are:

  • Aim to reach 1 million young people through direct and indirect evidence-based prevention.

  • 100,000 parents and carers to receive support to build their preventative impact on young people in their care.

  • 20,000 practitioners and professionals working with young people to improve their expertise, resources and capacity to provide evidence-based prevention.

The climate on prevention is shifting. The government’s new national drug strategy, published on 14 July, places prevention as one its central pillars so signalling a measurable change towards evidence-based drugs education and away from ‘scare tactics’. The national strategy seeks to reduce demand by, “prevent[ing] the onset of drug use, and its escalation at all ages, through universal action combined with more targeted action for the most vulnerable…and placing a greater emphasis on building resilience and confidence among our young people to prevent the range of risks they face.”

The plan also shows how Mentor’s programmes are making a direct and positive impact on young people’s attitudes to alcohol and drugs. The Good Behaviour Game prevention programme, trialled by Mentor in primary schools across the north of England, has been recognised by Government as an initiative “to prevent substance misuse and crime.” Mentor also developed ADEPIS (Alcohol and Drug Education Information Service), the leading source of alcohol and drug education resources for schools.

Read Mentor's Strategic Plan 2017-2022