Service Options

Potential provides a holistic service of interventions and support for young people and their families within the community. Individual programmes can be tailored according to their specific needs and statutory requirements.
Potential works with five to nineteen year olds considered to be exhibiting challenging behaviour; have low levels of confidence or self esteem; in need of support to work through difficult episodes in their lives. The project provides each child with a mentor for a minimum of 3 months, with an opportunity to continue for up to 12 months or more. During their time with Potential each young person will work towards specific targets that are mutually agreed between the young person, mentor and referrer. Any target set will be focused on creating stability and control, increasing motivation and a sense of self-worth within the young person.
Potential focuses on strengths, skills and goal achievement. This positive solution oriented approach leads to personal achievement and self belief in turn demonstrating the power of a committed relationship and how it can transform their future.

The Matching Process

A critical step in successful mentoring is the ability to determine appropriate mentor/mentee matches. Our matching procedure is designed to create excellent mentor/mentee partnerships that are so important for the success of both the individuals and the programme overall.

Criteria involved in the matching process include:

  1. Preferences of mentor, mentee and/or referring organisation
  2. Gender/ethnicity
  3. Common interests
  4. Geographical proximity

The greatest weight however will be placed on the young person's and their family's needs, as established by the evaluating Senior Social Worker from Potential.

Ongoing support and supervision is critical if matches are to go on to be successful and deliver the benefits anticipated by participants. This procedure provides strategies to promote peer support, creative solutions and shared challenges among programme staff and mentees.

Our mentors are committed to provide consistent support and will therefore work with the young person for the duration of the programme.

Core Service Components:

  • Assessment
  • Care coordination
  • Supervision or ISSP (Intensive Surveillance & Supervision Programme)
  • Mentoring
  • One-to-one support and group work
  • Escorting
  • Appropriate adult provision
  • Truancy management
  • Mental health support
  • Educational support
  • Alcohol and drug management
  • Employment advice and career guidance
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  • Coaching and life skills
  • Conflict Resolution and Solution Building
  • Sexual health/awareness
  • Knife/Gun Awareness
  • Financial Management
  • Strengthening Families
  • Young Womens Group
The above Programme Options are provided through a range of methods:
  • one- to- one meetings
  • life skills workshops
  • school site tutoring
  • recreational visits
  • work placements (for older children)
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