PlusOne seeks to use the skills and life experience of local volunteer mentors to engage with young people aged 8-14 within their own communities. Mentors develop positive and trusting relationships with the young people and help equip the young people with skills and knowledge to make informed choices. Plusone seeks to build the capacity of local communities to respond to young people in their local setting at a time that is right for the young person.
The PlusOne mentoring programme, launched by YMCA in Scotland in 2009, has received rapid and widespread recognition as a very successful model diverting at risk young people away from the criminal justice system.
Using a youth work approach delivered by trained volunteer mentors, PlusOne has been proven to not only successfully change behaviour, attitudes and choices in the young people referred but to do this at a cost to the state that represents exceptional value. In June 2012 the programme was recognised as a key part of YMCA Scotland’s award as UK Charity of the Year (Children and Young People).
PlusOne operates within 10 local authority areas across Scotland.