TLS – The Listening Service
The Listening Service is a volunteer mentoring programme for year 10 students to be peer mentors to year 7 tutor groups.
The year 10 volunteers take part in a training day where they will participate in group activities, role play and discussions. These activities and discussions cover the following areas;
- What is mentoring?
- What are the issues facing young people in their area?
- What are the benefits of peer mentoring?
- Boundaries of mentoring
- Friendship Vs Mentoring
- Communication skills
- Child protection and what to do in the event of a disclosure
Once the TLS volunteers have been trained they can then go into a year 7 tutor group once a week and deliver fun activities, support the form tutor and provide a listening ear for anyone who may not feel confident to speak to an adult in school about an issue or problem they are facing.
The TLS volunteers can also help to run a lunchtime club aimed specifically at year 7 students to further help them settle in to Secondary School.
This programme not only provides support to the whole of the year 7 year group but also provides the year 10 volunteers with an invaluable skill set that they can go on to use in their own lives, enhancing their opportunities in and out of school.