Keep on going!
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Keep on going!

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Hi there!We’re sending you this email because you are one of our fantastic mentoring co-ordinators and we wanted to touch base to see how you’re getting on.We also wanted to encourage you that what you’re doing is making a significant difference to young people all across the country, and we k ...
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Tackling Educational Failure
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Tackling Educational Failure

Fifteen year old Sophie from Southwark was not an easy pupil to teach. Her attendance at school was erratic and when she did turn up she showed anger and frustration at those in authority. Like thousands of others in the UK showing similar behaviour she was on the verge of being permanently excluded ...
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What every mentor needs
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What every mentor needs

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 "Success is going from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm." - Winston Churchill. Youthwork is hard. It's one of those areas of life where it's really difficult to measure the impact of your work. This means that you can go months and even years investing into young people without kn ...
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The future of XLM
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The future of XLM

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XL-Mentoring National was launched in the summer of 2013 and has now been operating for a little over 6 months. It is incredibly exciting that over 100 churches now have trained coordinators and mentors, and more than 800 people from all over the U.K. have enquired about taking the course.Over this ...
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Sharing Our Experience
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Sharing Our Experience

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We’ve just held the launch of our mentoring programme and as we’re really excited to be finally getting going wanted to share some of our enthusiasm with you all and a little bit about how we went about it.Back in Nov 2012 at Youthwork the Conference we sensed God confirming to us that we needed ...
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The Verge of Exclusion
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The Verge of Exclusion

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Recently, a study by Edinburgh University was published showing that pupils aged 12 who are excluded from school are four times as likely as other children to be in prison at some point in their adult lives.  These shocking findings reminded me of the devastating consequences that exclusion can hav ...
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Abandoned Ambitions
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Abandoned Ambitions

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The Prince's Trust have published a report that shows just how many young people in the UK leave school without the appropriate level of qualifications, which leaves them feeling discouraged and hopeless. You can read the full report here: http://www.princes-trust.org.uk/pdf/abandoned-ambitions-web- ...
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Volunteering makes you happy!
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Volunteering makes you happy!

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We came across this great article here. Apparently, scientists have discovered that doing an act of kindess creates the biggest increase in momentary happiness! Also worth noting is that 100 hours is the magic number - volunteering for 2 hours a week is the optimum amount of time for us to dedicate ...
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The power of relationship
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The power of relationship

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An inspiring story about the power of relationship: What happened when a local pastor invited a gang leader to her house for dinner. Before Karl was a gang leader, he wanted to be an astronaut. He was a bright, voracious reader earmarked by his teachers as ‘gifted and talented’ and he achie ...
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Seeing the Invisible
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Seeing the Invisible

Two weeks ago the Children’s Commissioner’s report on Child Sexual Exploitation in Gangs and Groups hit the headlines.  With 16,500 young people at risk of sexual exploitation by gangs and groups, perpetrators as young as 12 years old and one third of young people questioned able to give exampl ...
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