We believe mentoring makes a difference in the lives of the young people we work with.

Five years ago, our DARA project launched Cherished creative mentoring course to enable us to support some of the girls we meet through our PHSE lessons that were particularly struggling with low confidence and recognising their incredible potential.  It is delivered in schools (primary and secondary) and youth groups on Wirral using the popular pastime of scrap booking.

Since then, we have delivered just over twenty courses, over seven schools, with two youth groups and one Christian youth camp.

Cherished addresses relevant topics that when talked and thought through, seeks to support, encourage and enable the young people to increase their self esteem, maximise their potential, communicate their feelings and make positive and healthy life style choices.

Topics covered include; self esteem and body image, healthy relationships, gifts and talents, confidence building, decision making and the future.

This scheme is for girls aged 10 – 15 and is delivered with up to six girls at one time, over eight weeks (one hour per week). Depending on ages and awareness of the girls it can be adapted and changed to suit any particular youth setting, school or age group. Please contact us if you would be interested in us running a Cherished course in your school or youth setting.

We are also looking for local church volunteers to help us deliver courses across Wirral, if you are interested in training to become a Cherished course deliverer please do contact us.

“Mentoring is to support and encourage people to manage their own learning in order that they may maximise their potential, develop their skills, improve their performance and become the person they want to be.” Eric Parsloe, The Oxford School of Coaching & Mentoring

Young people who have been on the course have said the following:

  •  “Cherished is the nicest thing I have ever done in my life”
  • “I have learnt that I can concentrate and I can be creative.”
  • “I shouldn’t listen to the negative things people say about me.”
  • “It has helped me to think about my future and what I want.”