Any young person who is a member at The Factory can access the Mentoring programme.

Reasons for joining the programme range from wanting to gain the confidence to try new and exciting things to having experienced severe emotional hardship. The programme runs directly from the Youth Zone in Manchester but is open to young people from all areas.

On the Seniors and one of the Juniors programmes, young people are matched to a Mentor who they meet weekly with for at least a year to receive support, guidance and encouragement to achieve their goals. Juniors are also offered a group programme in which they work with other young people for around 12 weeks to develop social skills, independence and confidence.

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The Factory’s Mentoring programme has Approved Provider Standard from the Mentoring and Befriending Foundation, find out more about what that means here.

The Mentoring Team!

Mentoring Coordinator, James Dronsfield and Mentoring Youth Worker, Sophie Mitchell.

Sign up to Mentoring!

If you are a member at The Factory Youth Zone, you can be put on the waiting list for a Mentor.

All you need to do is complete the online application form or pick one up from the Mentoring noticeboard in the rec area.

Volunteer as a Mentor

If you are an adult aged 21 or over and you want to volunteer as a Mentor, complete an online application or download a form and return it to

If you want a bit more information about what a Mentor is, download our short guide!