The Caring Circle
The Caring Circle is made up of fourteen year 5 & 6 pupils who have successfully applied for the role of peer mentor. Our mentors are based in the Bridge, our wellbeing room, at lunchtimes for pupils to drop in and speak to them when needing support, advice or just a listening ear. It is a safe space for children to talk in confidence.
We are in our fourth year of working with Bucks MIND to provide a peer support service within the school and it is proving to be successful. Pupils respond positively after talking through their worries with peers that they may feel more comfortable with rather than going directly to an adult. Also, our mentors thoroughly enjoy their role and have seen benefits to their own confidence and wellbeing as a result.
Our mentors have all taken part in full training provided by Bucks MIND, which covered mental health awareness, the key aspects of their role such as their responsibilities, communication and listening skills and safeguarding.
Mix 96 Interview with Broughton Junior School Peer Mentors
The Caring Circle team were very excited to be invited to the Mix 96 radio studios to record a piece for Mental Health Awareness Month. The children were asked about their role as mentors, what they do, how they help children within the school and hints and tips for children to stay happy at school.
It was a really great morning and the whole team were really confident with their answers during the interview, you can listen to the final recording by clicking the link below.