how Creative Mentoring improves the lives of children and young people in need

We help children and young people in and leaving care to transform their lives through one-to-one and group-based Creative Mentoring.

The tried and tested Creative Mentoring model (pioneered by Derbyshire Virtual School) has been developed in partnership for children and young people in the care system who are at greatest risk of not being in education, employment or training.

Funded by Arts Council England, Children in Need, Swire Charitable Trust and What Works with Childrens Social Care, our target is to work with over 200 participants aged 4-19 between 2020-2022.

Children and young people referred to the service will access up to 24 hours of personal development, mentoring and skills-based provision focused on reducing exclusions, increasing attendance and improving educational attainment.

Do you want to find out more about Creative Mentoring? Then please explore our  pages below.

Interested in finding out more information on the Creative Mentoring Service and how to get involved?

Please contact our Youth Programme team to express your interest in the 2020-2022 support service by emailing:

creative mentoring for children and young people aged 4-16

We provide one-to-one creative mentoring for children and young people aged 4-16 to help build their skills and confidence and support reengagement.

creative mentoring for young people leaving care

We offer one-to-one creative mentoring to help young people develop the necessary skills to realise their creative voice and secure successful futures.

creative mentoring research

Our Theory of Change provides a quality framework to evaluate the impact of Creative Mentoring on children and young people in and leaving care.

making a referral

Find out more about becoming a Creative Mentoring Referral Partner and the criteria for making an application for support.

what is creative mentoring?

‘Creative Mentoring’, pioneered by Derbyshire Virtual School, is a model and approach to working with looked after young people who struggle to engage in education or at risk of exclusion or disaffection.