We aim to intervene early in the lives of vulnerable children in Merseyside, supporting them to recognise and change risk-taking behaviours that negatively impact their ability to enjoy and achieve

Action for Children is working in partnership with Chance UK to deliver the Mentoring Programme in Merseyside for children aged 5-11 who need additional support for behavioural problems. The programme is designed to improve the lives of children by offering them individually adapted one-to-one mentoring with a carefully screened, supervised and trained adult volunteer.

We seek to introduce and reduce isolation while supporting the child as they move forward. Their energy is channeled into projects and personal achievement, enabling them to deal with conflict.

What is mentoring?

A mentor develops a voluntary relationship with a child so that specific skills can be developed, such as anger management and communication skills. The mentor will also broaden the horizons and aspirations of the child. We expect volunteers to commit 12 months to the mentoring relationship, meeting with the child for 2 to 4 hours a week.

A mentor can help by offering:

  • Someone else to talk to and listen to
  • Improved self-esteem and building confidence
  • Improved interpersonal and communication skills
  • Better self-awareness, self-belief and opportunities.

Who are the mentors?

Mentors are ordinary people who come from different backgrounds. They all share a passion for helping make a difference to a child’s life. The mentor will only be matched with a young person after three day’s training, satisfactory DBS clearance, references and a successful interview.

Where will they take the child?

All session will be planned with the children. Outings or sessions may include trips to the park, library, bowling alley, walks or educational trips. They will take part in group activities such as art and crafts or drama, which will be organised by the project co-ordinators. Action for Children has a safeguarding policy that ensures that children are safe at all times.

Who can refer?

Identified schools in the North of Liverpool and Knowlsey can refer to the project.

Who can be referred?

Children aged 5-11 years who are displaying any of the following:

  • Withdrawn / socially isolated
  • Behavioural difficulties
  • Poor concentration
  • Difficulty socialising with peers
  • At risk of developing anti-social/offending behaviour.

For more information please contact us.

Our objectives

  • To recruit and train volunteer mentors
  • To match referred children with existing mentors
  • To provide ongoing support and training to volunteer mentors
  • To undertake a comprehensive assessment of all referred children, using accredited tools, to gather baseline data and distance travelled to measure outcomes achieved
  • To gather and analyse key data, quantitative and qualitative, to monitor compliance with contract and best practice.


The mentoring scheme improves many aspects for life for vulnerable young people and their families, including:

  • Improved school attendance, plus cognitive and behaviour skills (such as increased confidence and social skills)
  • Less anti-social behaviour in the community
  • Better relationships within families
  • Changing risk-taking behaviour into pro-social activity.

Action for Children have enjoyed a 10-year social franchise partnership with Chance UK to deliver the Chance UK award-winning gold standard model of mentoring in Liverpool and Knowsley.