Grove ConneX is Grove's mentoring scheme. It began in 1998 and under the energetic and skillful leadership of Jenny Horner has grown into an outstanding organisation providing individual support and guidance to over 80 students.
Many students benefit from having an adult unconnected with their home or school who will give the time to listen, advise and support, and in whom they can confide.
The majority of mentors are volunteers from the local community who give their time and experience to come into school to spend time with students who are in need of support. These can be students facing difficulties in either their home and/or school lives but guidance is also offered to those looking for help in their pursuit of career ambitions. In addition peer mentors are students at Grove - usually Grove College - who give up time to support and advise younger people. Support staff and teachers from the school may also act as mentors.
Our mentors have access to the ASDAN training course ‘The Volunteer in the Community’ through links with with Telford College of Art and Technology. As the scheme has developed we have forged important links with the Youth Inclusion Support Panel, North Shropshire Youth Forum, local churches, health advisers and the North Shropshire Community Safety Group.
ConneX is recognised as a model of good practice and we have been pleased to offer advice and guidance to other schools and colleges looking to start similar schemes.
The tremendous success of the scheme is due very largely to Jenny Horner and we were all delighted in 2004 when she received the MBE in recognition of her work.
Grove ConneX cannot survive without volunteers and we appreciate enormously the generosity shown by volunteer mentors. If you are interested in becoming a mentor, please phone Rachel Lee or Lucy Harris at the school on 01630 652121.