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MAPS and Shalya’s story

MAPS Mentoring is an award-winning mentoring programme that gives support through the investment of a carefully matched mentor who meets with a young person each week. The mentor is a consistent and reliable role model who listens providing a safe space to talk and an environment to explore anything the young person wants, as well as an opportunity to engage in positive activities and have some fun.

MAPS train and support volunteer mentors to work with vulnerable young people for up to a year. The issues vulnerable young people are facing are becoming more and more complex. As a direct result of GamesAid funding, we are currently supporting young people around;


  • Reducing social isolation,
  • Increasing positive activities
  • Improving confidence and self-esteem
  • Reducing self-harm, and improving emotional health
  • Coping with parental mental health, substance misuse, and domestic violence
  • Improving relationships, both at home and at school.

The issues vulnerable young people are facing are becoming more and more complex last year’s break down-
34% use Self Harm including some with suicidal ideation
9% Substance/alcohol misuse
8% at risk or involved with Child Sexual exploitation
36% Parental domestic violence experience
47% Parental mental health concerns
24% Parental substance alcohol misuse
We have over 20 years of experience

There are many stories that MAPS could tell us about young people having really hard times and improving thanks to their fantastic support. Read below Shalya’s story:


We couldn’t do this without you thank you GamesAid!