Who Are We And What Do We Do?
We are Wolverhampton’s Improving Futures team and are here to work with children aged 5 – 11 years who experience behavioural or emotional problems or exhibit challenging behaviour. We use tried and tested early intervention strategies (based on the award winning Chance UK mentoring model), using solution focused mentoring approaches to assist children in overcoming barriers to achieving their goals.
Although City-wide, the programme is focussed on three geographical areas in Wolverhampton, Heath Town; Warstones and Bilston and we have project workers based in partner organisations within these locations. They are, Hope; Changing Lives and Heantun Housing.
Meeting the needs of children and families within the whole of the City is essential and therefore we have specialist Project Workers based in The Haven for those experiencing domestic violence and at Heantun Housing for parents with Learning Difficulties. To complement all of this the project also has a Family Support Worker who provides bespoke support for families who meet the Families in Focus Criteria. [click here for the criteria]
We try to carefully match all children to a mentor who enjoys similar interests – this can mean that the matching process takes a little longer to ensure mentees are appropriately matched.
Our Happy Brood
The team is comprised of a multi-skilled, diverse range of professionals with over 60 years (combined) experience working with children, families and volunteers and is steered by the Project Manager; Mandy Smith (WVSC). Roll over their images to find out how to contact them or click on the image of the project worker for your area to email them direct.
Could You Be A Volunteer Mentor?
Improving Futures is always on the lookout for new volunteer mentors. Have you got the time to spare to help a young child? All we ask is you undertake 3 days of mentoring training, a DBS check and spare 2 – 4 hours a week for up to 12 months. What we want in return is for you to listen; support and most importantly engage the child in a range of creative, fun and varied activities. Download the application form from [Here] and start your journey of mentoring today.
We carefully match our mentors and children so both of you get the best from your time together. Although sometimes challenging the benefits are rewarding in more ways than one, plus you’ll gain relevant experience if you’re considering a career in a child related profession
Expenses are paid for, and we provide regular supervision with 121 support to ensure you get the best experience possible.
Your help could give a child the confidence or distraction they deserve. You don’t need to be a professional person just someone with a big heart and a caring nature.
Don’t just take our word for it! Watch the YouTube video on how rewarding mentoring can be.
To find out more information about the next training programme please contact Mandy firstname.lastname@example.org or click on one of the pictures for your nearest team member.
Follow us on our new Twitter account @WolvesIF and turn on your notifications to receive up to the minute information about Improving Futures.
Alternatively complete the booking form [click here to Download] and sign up for our Training Programme. The 3 day course covers relationship building, boundary setting, solution focused techniques and safeguarding and offers a comprehensive introduction to the mentoring programme.
Request for Intervention
Are you a school, teacher or parent of a child who would like to access the mentoring service? Please complete the form [click here to download] and return, or if you would like to find out further information, please email
Mandy Smith email@example.com.
Once the completed form has been received the information will be assessed against our qualifying criteria and we will be in touch with you.
About the Improving Futures Project
Wolverhampton Improving Futures has been developed across a strategic partnership of voluntary and community organisations with WVSC acting as the ‘accountable body’ for the Big Lottery Fund award. Core partners include Chance UK, The Haven, Hope Community Project, Changing Lives, YOW and Heantun Housing. There is also additional support from Wolverhampton’s Local Authority and other Third Sector aligned partners.
|Mandy Smith||Project Manager||T: 01902 328977|
M: 07449 472085
|Claire Peake||Warstones Project Worker||T: 01902 341822|
M: 07812 663702
|Michelle Brown||Bilston Project Worker||T: 01902 571123|
M: 07449 457872
|Jenny Edwards||Citywide Project Worker (Domestic Violence)||T: 01902 572140|
M: 07738 764669
|Jade Reddie||Citywide Project Worker (Learning Difficulties / Disabilities)||T: 01902 571100|
M: 07976 715536
|Soni Grewal||Family Support Worker||T: 01902 773761|
M: 07538 105780