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Inspire and Achieve Mentoring 

Do you have reasons that stop you from looking for work or education? Want to get into work but don't know where to start?


IAF Mentors help hundreds of young people each year to overcome their barriers, build their confidence and become work ready. With their support and expertise, young people stay motivated throughout their job search and improve their chances of success.

As well as providing holistic support on issues such as mental health, we’re linking young people to jobs, online courses and training opportunities. Whether you want to meet in person or virtually, IAF will be here to support you. 

Support during times of crisis

IAF provides support and guidance to young people, helping them to overcome and address any barriers to progression.  Depending on the needs and wishes of the young person this bespoke mentoring support option is provided either in an informal setting or via more formal mentoring support sessions.

IAF mentors help young people to manage any issues and barriers they have so that they are in a positive mental position to move forward in their lives.  We also provide practical-based support such as help to access local hostels or food banks, support for those engaging in addiction programmes, and finding childcare solutions etc.


Before young people can focus on finding work, we ensure they are safe, sheltered, fed, clothed, and free from addiction.

Frequently Asked Questions

How will a mentor help me?

IAF mentors are experts by experience meaning they have all overcome their own challenges and have personal insights and knowledge to support young people to do the same. Whilst each individual's needs are unique, our mentors will work closely with you to apply their knowledge of the systems and support networks available to ensure you feel supported every step of the way.

Where will my mentoring sessions take place?

Depending on the needs and wishes of the young person this bespoke mentoring support option is provided either in an informal setting (such as a local library or café) or via more formal mentoring support sessions. We also offer both in-person and virtual appointments to give you the most flexibility when accessing this service.

How often will I be able to meet with my mentor?

When we meet you for your first appointment we'll discuss your unique circumstances and make a contact plan that's right for you. For some people, meeting a mentor once a fortnight to keep in touch is enough but for others needing more intensive support, this might be daily. Our bespoke approach to mentoring means our service is flexible to your needs.

How will I be matched to a mentor?

When you are referred/self-refer to IAF mentoring, you will be matched with a mentor with relatable lived experience who can lend their insights and skillset to support you. 

What should I do if I'm unable to attend an appointment?

If you can't make a session, just reach out to your mentor to let them know. They can then offer this appointment time to another young person in need of our help.

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