News and blog

Supporting transitions through risk prevention

April 13, 2015

[PRESS RELEASE] Mentor has received joint Government funding for the Alcohol and Drug Education and Prevention Information Service (ADEPIS) for an additional year in order to manage and further develop the repository of impact studies of evidence-based prevention programmes contained within the Centre for Analysis of Youth Transitions (CAYT) as part of ADEPIS.

Scotland: It's SDS Awareness Week

March 26, 2015

[SCOTLAND] It is the first anniversary of the Self-directed Support (SDS) Act, and SDS Awareness Week 2015 is hosting a range of events throughout Scotland to raise the profile of the new Act. Find out more about how you might benefit from engagement with the SDS Act.

The Good Behaviour Game: connecting resilience, mental health and learning behaviours in schools

March 26, 2015

[PROGRAMMES] With the publication of the Department for Education document Mental Health and Behaviour in Schools, it is clear that behaviour is increasingly viewed in correlation with improved long-term outcomes for children and young people. Mentor being funded to lead a national randomised controlled trial of The Good Behaviour Game, an evidence-based primary school intervention, is a notable endorsement of the gathering and important interest in prevention and early intervention.

Mentor to help develop Early Help Model for kinship care

March 25, 2015

[PROGRAMMES] The Department for Education (DfE) announced the outcome of the VCS National Prospectus 2015-16 on 25 March 2015, which included a proposal for an Early Help Model for Kinship Care, submitted by a consortium of organisations led by Grandparents Plus, with contributions from Mentor, 4Children and the Childhood Bereavement Network (part of the National Children's Bureau).

Mentor launches Young STAND Awards 2015

March 17, 2015

[MENTOR NEWS] Mentor is delighted to launch the third edition of the Young STAND (Scots Tackling Alcohol and Drugs) Awards 2015. Two winning projects will each receive a £1,000 cash prize and mentoring support to develop their projects.

PSHE and a Curriculum for Life

March 16, 2015

[CEO BLOG] Michael O'Toole reflects on the many reasons to feel optimistic about the future of alcohol and drug education in schools, and Personal Social Health and Economic (PSHE) education more generally, following a speech by Nicky Morgan, Secretary of State for Education, on preparing pupils for life in modern Britain.

"All in the same boat" - a snapshot of Families Together

March 10, 2015

[PROGRAMMES] Marion Inglis, a family support worker at Mentor working with kinship carers as part of the Families Together project, shares her experience introducing a recently referred child to our weekly youth group for children in kinship care.

Experts welcome ACMD Recovery Committee briefing paper

March 5, 2015

[POLICY] DrugScope, the PSHE Association and Mentor have come together to welcome the publication of the briefing paper, Prevention of drug and alcohol dependence, by the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD) Recovery Committee. The paper calls for quality drug education in schools.

How to ensure prevention works for all

March 2, 2015

[CEO BLOG] Michael O'Toole reflects on his first four months as Chief Executive at Mentor, and outlines two early priorities: to bring alcohol and drug prevention into the mainstream, and to promote and strengthen evidence-based prevention practice, both within our own work and in support of other agencies.