The Buck Project
Mentoring For Progression The Buck Project is all about giving Individuals the opportunity to have an achievable, meaningful and employable future. Mission Statement Our mission is to encourage and foster Peer to Peer mentoring and by doing so, improve education, vocational and employment opportunities.
Our objectives 1. To make a lasting difference to people’s lives rather than simply alleviating the symptoms or current problems – Giving hope, personal pride and a meaningful future that will help them provide for themselves and their family. 2. To reduce isolation, stigma and discrimination by lobbying educational/training institutions and employers to give them a chance to prove themselves. 3. To encourage or enable unpopular groups to share in the life of the whole community by integrating them into main stream FE and HE, apprenticeships and employment and by highlighting the benefits of working with this target group and judging people on who they are and not what they have been.
We currentlly deliver DWP programmes using Peer Mentors to work with people who have substantial issues and challenges to overcome. The programmes are driven locally by our Peer Mentors who have overcome similar issues. They are aware of the difficulties and obstacles others face. Our network of Peer Mentors (Full-Time, Part-Time and Volunteers) demonstrate the key skills and attitudes required for helping others. They are fully trained and have experienced the mentoring process themselves. Mentors and mentees work through a Personal Development Plan (PDP) and our experienced team of researchers provide the information necessary for the mentee to succeed. We offer “support for life”. We work proactively with our Mentees until they are ready to “let go” and thereafter we offer reactive support.
We are all too aware that people with multiple issues, the long-term unemployed and ex-offenders stand a much better chance of building a sustainable career if they can combine employment with gaining one or more qualifications. With this in mind, we proactively promote, support, advocate and run apprenticeships and work placement programmes. These provide individuals with the knowledge to source opportunities and the support to follow it through. They range from volunteer projects and short term work experience placements to full time 1 year apprenticeships. A number of people we have worked with have gone on to study part-time degrees supported by their employer. If you would like to learn while you earn and need help please contact us.
For more information please visit: https://www.buckproject.org/index.html