NATIONAL QUALITY AWARD FOR MENTORING PROGRAMME IN SURREY SCHOOLS
SATRO, who are based on the Surrey Research Park in Guildford, has been awarded the prestigious Approved Provider Standard. This is the national quality award designed for mentoring and befriending projects awarded by the Mentoring & Befriending Foundation, who are part of National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO).
“The mentor programme has been in operation for 16 years and this year has over 150 students in schools throughout Surrey working with mentors. We bring together companies looking to support their local communities with schools in their area. Company employees volunteer to be mentors to young people working with them to build confidence, develop employability skills and help them achieve their potential. We are delighted that current sponsors of the programme include Guildford-based Allianz (working with Kings college, Guildford), Dorking-based Unum (working with students at Therfield School, Leatherhead), Kingswood-based Legal & General (working with The Beacon School, Banstead), Reigate & Banstead Borough Council (Oakwood School, Horley), Tandridge Borough Council (Oxted School), Just Retirement (Reigate School), Partnership (St Bedes School, Redhill) Sutton & East Surrey Water (The Warwick School, Redhill), Cisco (Thamesmead School, Shepperton). We would also like to thank The Persula Foundation for their support of our application” quoted Liz Edwardes, SATRO Mentor Programme Manager.
Dr Beccy Bowden, CEO of SATRO said “We are delighted that we have achieved the national quality standard for our programme. It reflects the commitment of all participants and demonstrates the high standard of all elements of the programme. To be able to demonstrate that we have this Award brings added confidence to our existing sponsors and gives us a platform from which we can extend our reach to support more young people in the south east.”