Norton Hall

Starfish Mentoring Programme

Starfish is an early intervention support programme that aims to improve the life chances of children and young people who need additional support and are at risk of exclusion from school.

The aim is to support children and young people to achieve the following outcomes;

  • Increased confidence
  • Stronger social skills
  • Increased ability to manage feelings
  • Raised aspirations for the future.

We developed Startfish in response to the high numbers of children and young people from our community being excluded from school and the lack of early intervention services available to support them.

The project provides mentoring support for children aged between 8 and 14, supporting them to be able to resolve problems and be able to manage and articulate their feelings in appropriate ways. The mentoring support is delivered alongside a framework of positive activities that promote the development of self- confidence, self- esteem and resilience.

By capturing the impact we have made we can evidence the positive changes and improved outcomes this early intervention can make to the lives of vulnerable children and young people.

Based on data gathered from impact surveys for period September 13 - August 14 completed by children, parents and professionals we are able to evidence the impact the project is having on the children and young people as follows:

  • 83% of Children & Young People’s Confidence has increased 'A LOT' since accessing the Programme
  • 70% of Children & Young People’s Social Skills have improved 'A LOT' since accessing the Programme
  • 61% of Children & Young People are 'A LOT' more able to manage their feelings since accessing the Programme
  • 82% of Children & Young people feel 'A LOT' more positive about the future since accessing the Programme
  • 67% of Children & Young people have improved their behaviour at school since accessing the Programme
  • The retention rate of children who continue to engage in weekly positive activities post the starfish programme is 79%.

Positive Activities in the Evening

As part of our services for children and young people with additional support needs, we have a number of evening activities for them to access once they have completed their 12 week Starfish Mentoring Programme. We currently offer Martial Arts, Creative Arts, Targeted Girls Group and Girl Guides to the children we work with.

For more information or to make a referral contact John Williams (Project Manager) or Sharon Coley (Deputy Project Manager) on 0121 328 3043 or send an email.