What you need to know about the project:
What our supporters say
"There is a large body of research that demonstrates the power of peer mentoring as an effective intervention to promote wellbeing. The benefits of peer mentoring are two fold, as the mentor develops emotional intelligence, active listening and support skills and the mentee receives support, guidance and signposting from a peer. Building relationships are a fundamental component to any therapeutic relationship and developing peer mentors creates an ethos and environment of community, care and resilience."
"I envisage a society in which mental health problems are an acceptable and, in some ways, a valued part of the human experience. Healing mental health is personal, but that doesn’t mean you have to do it alone."
"Peer mentoring has helped to create an even more positive and inclusive culture within our school. Peer mentoring has enabled our students to signpost other students to mental health support available to them, in school, in Spotlight and outside of school. It has also had a positive impact on the mentors themselves. They have built leadership skills, empathy and confidence through the training process"
Spotlight is an award-winning youth service in Tower Hamlets, designed by and for young people. Spotlight aims to inspire and empower young people by engaging them in a range of co-produced creative, active and inspirational programmes.
There are high levels of child poverty in Tower Hamlets which leads to vulnerability.
Spotlight has a nuanced understanding of the intersection of faith, culture, gender, race and socioeconomics affecting young people on the project and their lived experience has already been developed at Spotlight through 10 years of specialist work within these communities.
Spotlight engages 4,000 young people each year
Spotlight engages 4,000 young people each year, maintains strong links with schools, faith-groups and community organisations, and, using decades of collective in-house experience, has a demonstrable record of delivering excellence in youth work.
Spotlight provides inclusive drop-in spaces and a range of specialist interventions including our in-house GP Surgery Health Spot, talking therapies from Docklands Outreach and drugs and alcohol advice from Safe East.
Langdon Park School
Stepney All Saints School
London Enterprise Academy
Central Foundation School for Girls
St Paul's Way Trust
Bishop Challoner Catholic School