History

Potential Mentoring was founded by Kelly Oyebola, Social Worker and Ex-Probation Officer. With over 15 years experience and having worked with some of the most serious offenders in the UK, Kelly knew he would have a greater impact if he was able to work with young people who were on the verge of offending as well as those who had already offended. He believes that 'if we are to stem the flow of young people on a path of self destruction we must start on them before they reach the point of no return'. During his last position with a Youth Offending Team (YOT), Kelly decided it was time to take the step - he knew he would have a greater impact by working alongside the established agencies to provide some of the services he had identified as missing.
He founded Potential Mentoring, a community interest company in November 2006 to work with 5-19 year olds at risk of social exclusion, offending, re-offending, gang membership, being expelled or excluded from primary school, secondary school or college. All Potential's services are delivered by qualified paid professionals and centre on 'behaviour and risk'. Although Potential works primarily with those young people who have already offended it is anticipated that this will change as it becomes more widely accepted that it is unwise to wait for the horse to bolt before an attempt is made to close the gate! He also wanted to focus on those children and young people who just want someone to notice them, someone to talk to. We don’t just focus on those with challenging behaviour but also those who aren’t often heard.
As a service provider Potential works on self esteem, life skills, anger management, drug and alcohol awareness, sexual health awareness and knife/gun awareness and all aspects of communication. Referring agencies include schools, social services, local authorities etc. Programmes are tailored to meet the needs of each individual and include 1:1 mentoring sessions and group work when appropriate and all aspects of communication and life skills.

All staff undergo an enhanced CRB security check and receive regular individual and group supervision.

The Committee

Our committee consists of qualified and highly experienced professionals with over 50 years combined social work and probation officer experience along with a further 30 years coaching, mentoring and training experience
Kelly Oyebola Kelly Oyebola, Founder ...
Emmanuelle Namiech retrained as a Business & Executive Coach after a 20-year commercial career holding senior management positions in global media companies. As member of the Senior Management team of ITV Global...
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Apay Obang-Oyway has, for over 10 years worked in the IT industry, within the channel for global corporate enterprises. Today, Apay is the General Manager Ingram Micro Cloud, Northern Europe. Over the past two years...
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Patrick Vernon OBE is a Clore Fellow and Director of Every Generation Media. He is Committee member of Healthwatch England, and works for the National Housing Federation as Health Partnership Coordinator....
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Yvonne Williams has a BA Hons in Social Policy and a Post Graduate Dip/MA from Southbank University. An experienced individual with over 20 years of working within the public sector and most recently, as a Head of Service for a West London...
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Samuel Campbell works as a Software Engineer. He has a degree in Software Engineering and has spent many years helping various teams to ensure that goals are achieved...
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The Patrons

Lord John Bird, Founder and Editor-In-Chief, The Big Issue. Lord John Bird was a poor boy, orphan, thief, inmate, artist and poet before going on to found the ground-breaking social initiative that is The Big Issue. He was born shortly after the Second World War to a London-Irish family into slum-ridden Notting Hill. Homelessness, orphanages, crime and prison characterised much of his early life until his metamorphosis into a successful small businessman occurred in the 1980s...
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Nigel Kershaw, CEO/Chairman, Big Issue Invest/Big Issue Nigel is CEO of Big Issue Invest and Chairman of The Big Issue and advocate of social enterprises that offer business and financial solutions to social problems...
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Greg Powell has degrees in Law and Psychology and was admitted as a Solicitor in 1973. The senior partner of Powell Spencer and Partners since 1977, a leading community legal aid practice in London...
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Fred Litzenberger is a well distinguished basketball coach having coached successfully for over 38 years and with whom I had the honour of working with in the summer of July 2015, whilst supporting a number of children and young people from the basketball club called ‘The Bulldogs’. Coach Litz has coached both the men’s and...
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Articles

The Big Issue

Issue July 21 - 27 2008 ~~SUCKER PUNCH~~ page 6 and page 7
Issue July 06 - 12 2009 ~~CHOICE MOVES~~ page 12
Issue July 12 - 18 2010 ~~SHARP WORDS~~ page 12 and page 13

Brent Times

Thursday, February 10, 2011 ~~‘Gang Asbos’ won’t work – ex-offender~~ Page 10

Footprints

Issue 2 Winter 2012 ~~Parents In Control~~ Page 4

Potential Mentoring would like to give a Big Thank You to Fair Share Trust Brent and The Big Lottery for their support over the years.