Wallasey firm funds mentoring programme at The Hive Youth Zone

Bridging Finance Solutions has thrown its weight behind The Hive, funding their vital Mentoring Programme which supports some of the most vulnerable and at-risk children across the Wirral.

Due to widespread funding cuts, The Hive Youth Zone in Birkenhead is looking for external support to help fund some of their projects.

Stuart Barnes, Chief Executive of the Hive explained, “Our Mentoring Project is a critical part of the support we provide. Our Mentors offer support to young people aged between 8 and 19 years old (up to 25 with additional needs and disabilities) who face a range of issues and challenging circumstances including; family breakdown, exclusion from mainstream education, or engagement in antisocial or criminal activity.

“The coordination and management of our team of volunteer mentors is incredibly labour intensive and challenging. Volunteer mentors undergo a rigorous screening and training programme before they are carefully matched with their mentee. They are then given a high level of support and guidance overseeing the Mentor and young person relationship, offering additional guidance on issues that may need further external support.

“Without the Mentor Co-ordinator, we wouldn’t essentially be able to offer a Mentor service which would have a huge impact on the increasing numbers of young people needing our help.

“We are absolutely delighted by BFS’ decision to fund our Mentoring Project for a full year, we can’t thank them enough for their incredible support. Thanks to Bridging Finance Solutions we are now able to continue to deliver essential work with the many young people who’ve come to rely on us.”

Steve Barber, Managing Director of Wallasey based Bridging Finance Solutions said, “As a Wirral-based business, for us, it’s incredibly important to work with and support local charities. We visited the Hive and it had a huge impact on us all. From our discussions, we found that the ideal way to make a real difference would be to help retain the brilliant team that work there.

“For us, this is only the start of our relationship with the Hive and we look forward to working closely with them in the coming year and beyond. They are a brilliant charity that deserve the support of local enterprise and the wider community – we’re proud to be able to play a role in their continued evolution.”

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