25th November 1999

 

CHILDREN’S UNIVERSITY MENTORS

TO BE TRAINED ON CAMPUS

 

A new course to train mentors for the Children’s University will be launched in the New Year.

 

The University of Lincolnshire & Humberside’s new Mentoring Programme involves ten hours of lectures at the university’s Cottingham Road campus and can lead to a degree-level qualification for those who wish to pursue it.

 

The programme complements an existing induction course at the University of Hull and a certificated course at Hull College. “We aim to offer training to the whole spectrum of people, beginning with those who want to help children with their literacy but who don’t have any formal qualifications of their own,” said John Buttrick, manager of the Kingston-upon-Hull Children’s University.

 

The new mentoring course at the University of Lincolnshire & Humberside is unique in offering twelve CATS (Credit Accumulation Transfer Scheme) points which successful students can put towards a degree qualification.

 

Eighteen students at the university already work voluntarily as mentors, visiting schools in the Hull area and helping children with literacy and other skills.

 

John Buttrick hopes that ULH will recruit at least 25 people to the new programme which will begin in February 2000.

 

“The University of Lincolnshire & Humberside Mentoring Programme is absolutely vital,” he said.  “It’s one of the criteria that dictates the success of the Children’s University - it cultivates trust, sharing, partnerships, belief, self-esteem and self-confidence.

 

“It’s very important that we equip mentors with the necessary skills to do the job, and this new course will add to the quality and effectiveness of the Children’s University.”

 

For more information contact:

 

Jez Ashberry

Press and Media Relations Manager

University of Lincolnshire & Humberside

Tel: 01522 886042