As a not-for-profit organisation we're also asked what kind of things we do at The Hideaway aside from the educational things that you can see everyday. Over the last six weeks The Hideaway has begun working with local schools to deliver mentoring sessions for primary school children in Partington. The project focusses on children who appear to be at risk of feeling isolated and would benefit from extra support from a trusted adult. Children can be referred to us by school staff for a variety or reasons such as difficulties making and keeping friends, difficulties expressing emotions appropriately or difficulties with behaviour.
Children spend 45-60 minutes with their mentor each week. The sessions include games and crafts as well as time to chat through any issues that have come up during the week and targeted work on the skills they want to develop such as understanding friendship, resolving conflict, understanding and managing anger, and dealing with stressful situations.
Hideaway mentoring has been up and running for six weeks now and feedback from the children has been positive. They say that they enjoy their sessions and look forward to them. We will be measuring the impact of this project with parents, schools and the children themselves and hope to be able to offer this kind of support to more children in the future.