JUMP Stands for:
And that is exactly what we are. An unbiased, non-judgmental mentoring project set up by young people, for young people.
JUMP is a voluntary organisation set up to improve the lives of young people living in our community, and is available to ALL young people aged 13-18, from ALL backgrounds.
We recruit and train real people to become mentors. They've all had ups and downs and struggles in their lives, be it with bullying, homelessness, substance misuse, low confidence or self-esteem, but have overcome their difficulties, gotten their lives back on track, and now want to help others who find themselves facing these situations today.
We match mentors to young people based on gender and common interests. It means we can offer guidance, support, and motivation, and most importantly a completely impartial listening ear to those really in need of it.
Information for Young People
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Information for Parents
We provide one to one mentoring with well trained, open minded, confidential Mentors aged 16-25 that can offer help, support, guidance and motivation.
The focus of JUMP is to recruit and train volunteer mentors from within the Lowestoft community to deliver tailored mentoring programmes to young people for at least one hour per week over an initial eight week period. This period includes 'getting to know you' activity sessions.
Referrals are accepted from schools and agencies in accordance with the referral criteria and self referrals are also accepted and encouraged from young people and/or their parents and carers.
JUMP operates an open-door policy to all young people aged 13-19 that may benefit from the mentoring process. However, the project particularly aims to work with young people who are:
- Homeless, at risk of homelessness, or vulnerably housed
- Not in employment, education or training, or at risk of becoming so
- Offenders, at risk of offending or identified as exhibiting antisocial behaviour
Mentors provide guidance, support, encouragement and most importantly a non-judgmental, confidential listening ear to young people that really need it.
Young people meet with their Mentors once a week to work through agreed issues and a tailored mentoring plan. Full support and supervision is offered by JUMP at all times and to all parties involved in each match.
At the end of the program, the young person will be fully supported through a planned progression route and will have the option to maintain contact with JUMP for as long as they feel necessary.
If you know of a young person who may benefit from our service our referral form can be downloaded below along with a copy of JUMP's mentoring process or, if you prefer, you can contact us for more information and an informal chat. Should you require any further information regarding JUMP and the service we offer please don't hesitate to conta