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plusone mentoring

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Plusone is YMCA Scotland's flagship mentoring programme for young people aged 8-14 at risk of offending. COVEY provides this in in South Lanarkshire to divert young people away from risk taking behaviour.

A COVEY Coordinator trains, matches and supports a dedicated volunteer who gives the young person one-to-one support for two hours a week.

In this way young people are given the opportunity to develop a trusting relationship with a consistent reliable adult.

Young people involved with Plusone have weekly outings in their community, giving them a variety of new experiences and the opportunities to widen their horizons. They identify achievable goals with their mentor and are supported in achieving them. This helps to build resilience and self-confidence over time.

If you would like to become a Plusone mentor find out more about what's involved on our volunteering roles page.

Referral Criteria

Referrals to Plusone have to come from Social Work, education or health, for a young person aged 8-14.

Generally we look for two of more of the following risk factors:
  • Disruption or disengagement at school
  • Offending, aggressive or anti-social behaviour
  • Conflict in the home/family
  • Substance misuse by the young person.
If you know someone who may benefit from Plusone the first step is to phone our office to discuss the young person's needs and how we can best help.

Our telephone number is 01698 894013, or see our contact page for other details of how to get in touch.


"It's made me more confident to do things I wouldn't have done; like meet new people and going new places. I'm not as scared to trust people now."
Young person


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