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PROMISEworks is a local charity making a big difference in Somerset by offering mentoring services to disadvantaged children and young people across the county. Our mentoring services are aimed at young people between the ages of 5 and 25 who are experiencing difficulties at home or with education and training. Mentoring can fill many gaps in the lives of vulnerable or disadvantaged young people. It can establish a trusting, one-to-one relationship between them and their mentor. This sometimes becomes the only positive and stable adult influence in otherwise chaotic lives.

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Learn more about our young people, what they go through and how they benefit from time spent with their PROMISEworks mentor.

Georgie

Georgie was referred to PROMISEworks by the Parent and Family Support Advisor at his school. He was displaying data-heightened emotions and difficult behaviour in lessons.

His birth father committed suicide when he was seven. He had also been physically chastised by one of his mother’s subsequent partners. He often talked about not having a future and ending up “…just like my dad”.

Chrissy

Chrissy has Asperger’s and low-level learning difficulties. At 13, she was seriously sexually abused by a child of the same age from her youth club.

She withdrew completely from school and her parents began home educating her. This led to greater feelings of isolation for her and made it even harder for her to build positive relationships with her peers.

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We love to share insight and updates about our charity and mentoring through our social media platforms. Take a look below to see some of our posts, click to go through to view them in full and like our page for regular updates.

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4 hours ago
PROMISEworks

Our very own Louise Wallace was honoured to be invited to a parliamentary reception in January with representatives from Leonardo as they were recognised at “The Home of British Helicopters”. AWASA the apprentice body at Leonardo Helicopters Yeovil are once again, raising money for PROMISE𝘸𝘰𝘳𝘬𝘴 as their charity of the year.

#helpourpromisework #youngpeople #helpothers #mentoringmatters #Somerset #charity #volunteer #volunteeropportunity #mentoring #volunteersneeded #charityoftheyear
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Our very own Louise Wallace was honoured to be invited to a parliamentary reception in January with representatives from Leonardo as they were recognised at “The Home of British Helicopters”. AWASA the apprentice body at Leonardo Helicopters Yeovil are once again, raising money for PROMISE𝘸𝘰𝘳𝘬𝘴 as their charity of the year.

#helpourpromisework #youngpeople #helpothers #mentoringmatters #Somerset #charity #volunteer #volunteeropportunity #mentoring #volunteersneeded #charityoftheyear
3 days ago
PROMISEworks

Rumour has it that a copy of one of these amazing books was spotted for sale from a popular online retailer at an extortionate price! Just a reminder that we no longer sell these books from anywhere other than our own website and you can get them by going to promiseworks.org.uk/shop/. ✨

These books are perfect for using with children and young people of all ages to explain our brain’s response to trauma. All money raised from sales goes into a fund from which we can provide additional support for young people struggling with their mental health. Happy shopping! 👜📖

#charity #helpothers #helpourpromisework #Somerset #mentoringmatters #youngpeople #trauma #book #buynow
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Rumour has it that a copy of one of these amazing books was spotted for sale from a popular online retailer at an extortionate price! Just a reminder that we no longer sell these books from anywhere other than our own website and you can get them by going to https://promiseworks.org.uk/shop/. ✨

These books are perfect for using with children and young people of all ages to explain our brain’s response to trauma. All money raised from sales goes into a fund from which we can provide additional support for young people struggling with their mental health. Happy shopping! 👜📖

#charity #helpothers #helpourpromisework #Somerset #mentoringmatters #youngpeople #trauma #book #buynow

1 CommentComment on Facebook

These books are amazing and I regularly use them with the children that I work with! I have also used them with adults and lent them to families as they explain things in a great way. Thank you Ali!

5 days ago
PROMISEworks

💫Wednesday Wisdom💫

A bit more neuroscience for Wednesday Wisdom this week. When our brain is overwhelmed, such as during a traumatic event, it cannot organise and store the experience so breaks it down into different sensations; sounds, smells and thoughts and stores them separately. Healing from trauma involves putting the puzzle back together, known as reintegration and this process can only occur when a person feels safe.

Mentoring can help to create that safe environment to enable the long process to begin. You could be the key to a young person feeling safe 🗝💙 Go to promiseworks.org.uk/volunteer/ to learn more.

#youngpeople #volunteer #mentoring #volunteeropportunity #somerset #helpothers #volunteersneeded #charity #helpourpromisework #mentoringmatters #trauma #WednesdayWisdom #safe #SafeSpace
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💫Wednesday Wisdom💫 

A bit more neuroscience for Wednesday Wisdom this week. When our brain is overwhelmed, such as during a traumatic event, it cannot organise and store the experience so breaks it down into different sensations; sounds, smells and thoughts and stores them separately. Healing from trauma involves putting the puzzle back together, known as reintegration and this process can only occur when a person feels safe. 

Mentoring can help to create that safe environment to enable the long process to begin. You could be the key to a young person feeling safe 🗝💙 Go to https://promiseworks.org.uk/volunteer/ to learn more. 

#youngpeople #volunteer #mentoring #volunteeropportunity #Somerset #helpothers #volunteersneeded #charity #helpourpromisework #mentoringmatters #trauma #WednesdayWisdom #safe #safespace
1 week ago
PROMISEworks

Four steps to becoming a volunteer mentor ✨

This is the simplest way for us to show you the steps involved in becoming a mentor. You are not committed until you are matched with a young person so you having nothing to lose and you may even enjoy it! Why not start today?
➡️https://promiseworks.org.uk/volunteer/

#helpothers #youngpeople #mentoringmatters #volunteeropportunity #volunteersneeded #charity #training #mentoring #volunteer #somerset #helpourpromisework
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1 week ago
PROMISEworks

⭐ Are you joining us for International Women's Day 2024?⭐

We're excited to add Ali Hart, General Manager from PROMISEworks to our list of speakers!

PROMISEworks is a local charity making a big difference in Somerset by offering mentoring services to disadvantaged children and young people across the county. Our mentoring services are aimed at young people between the ages of 5 and 25 who are experiencing difficulties at home or with education and training. Mentoring can fill many gaps in the lives of vulnerable or disadvantaged young people. It can establish a trusting, one-to-one relationship between them and their mentor. This sometimes becomes the only positive and stable adult influence in otherwise chaotic lives.

To book your space now on this free event, email [email protected]
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1 week ago
PROMISEworks

Day two of our training, happening tomorrow for our latest group of volunteers, is when we really start to get to the bottom of the traumatic experiences that our young people have had and why they sometimes respond to things in the way that they do 🙇💙

Trauma occurs anytime that we feel terrified, overwhelmed and powerless. Our brains cannot properly process and organise traumatic events which then become fragmented and stored in different places. The impact that this has on the developing brain is made worse by the absence of a consistent, trusted adult and leads to an inability to identify and regulate normal emotions.

At PROMISE𝘸𝘰𝘳𝘬𝘴, we are passionate about helping children and young people to start their journey of recovery from trauma but we can only do that with your help 📣💞 Please consider becoming a volunteer mentor. Go to promiseworks.org.uk/volunteer/ to find out how.

#mentoringmatters #youngpeople #helpourpromisework #volunteersneeded #trainingday #volunteeropportunity #charity #volunteer #somerset #training #helpothers #mentoring #trauma
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Day two of our training, happening tomorrow for our latest group of volunteers, is when we really start to get to the bottom of the traumatic experiences that our young people have had and why they sometimes respond to things in the way that they do 🙇💙

Trauma occurs anytime that we feel terrified, overwhelmed and powerless. Our brains cannot properly process and organise traumatic events which then become fragmented and stored in different places. The impact that this has on the developing brain is made worse by the absence of a consistent, trusted adult and leads to an inability to identify and regulate normal emotions. 

At PROMISE𝘸𝘰𝘳𝘬𝘴, we are passionate about helping children and young people to start their journey of recovery from trauma but we can only do that with your help 📣💞 Please consider becoming a volunteer mentor. Go to https://promiseworks.org.uk/volunteer/ to find out how.

#mentoringmatters #youngpeople #helpourpromisework #volunteersneeded #trainingday #volunteeropportunity #charity #volunteer #Somerset #training #helpothers #mentoring #trauma
2 weeks ago
PROMISEworks

💫Wednesday Wisdom💫

Here is your Wednesday Wisdom for Valentines Day ❤ Sometimes we are quick to judge and offer solutions when all the other person needs is a hug. Whether or not you are sending a card to someone special today, why not give a hug to someone that needs it. Do ask first though!! 💞

#helpourpromisework #mentoringmatters #volunteersneeded #youngpeople #valentines #valentinedays #ValentineDay2024 #hug #WednesdayWisdom
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💫Wednesday Wisdom💫

Here is your Wednesday Wisdom for Valentines Day ❤ Sometimes we are quick to judge and offer solutions when all the other person needs is a hug. Whether or not you are sending a card to someone special today, why not give a hug to someone that needs it. Do ask first though!! 💞

#helpourpromisework #mentoringmatters #volunteersneeded #youngpeople #valentines #valentinedays #ValentineDay2024 #hug #WednesdayWisdom
2 weeks ago
PROMISEworks

Some people may be put off volunteering because we ask you to complete 4 days of training with us. There’s a lot to cover in that time but there’s also plenty of time to process the things you are learning and to reflect on your own life experiences. Training with us does not commit you to going on to mentor, so why not see if this is something you could love?

Go to promiseworks.org.uk/volunteer/ to find our more about our upcoming training dates and sign up 💙💛

#training #mentoringmatters #charity #volunteersneeded #volunteeropportunity #mentoring #Somerset #helpourpromisework #youngpeople #helpothers #volunteer #trainingday
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2 CommentsComment on Facebook

The training is thorough, very well designed and delivered . Highly recommend.

Does the training cover attachment disorders and triangulation ?

2 weeks ago
PROMISEworks

Today is the day! ✨

We are welcoming 11 new volunteers to Somerton today to start our first training course of 2024, a great start to our target of training 70 new volunteers this year. Keep following, liking and sharing our posts to help us reach our goal. 🙏💙

#volunteersneeded #mentoring #volunteer #charity #mentoringmatters #youngpeople #helpourpromisework #volunteeropportunity #somerset #helpothers #training #trainingday #goals
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