Memory Makers

This part of our Project works with younger children. For our programme working with older children and young adults, please see our Youth Mentoring programme.

What is Memory Makers?

Our childhood experiences are the foundations for how we develop as adults. Happy memories are crucial in children’s psychological and emotional growth. However, there are children in Swindon who are at risk of not having any positive memories of childhood at all.

Some children in Swindon are growing up in deprived households – several of Swindon’s wards rank well above the national average for child poverty. Others are struggling to deal with bereavement or family breakdown.

With younger children our aim is to create positive memories for children – not only giving them good times to remember, but also helping with their personal development and giving them hope for the future.

'We love Memory Makers' written in sand at the beach

What do Mentors Matched With Younger Children Do?

Mentors meet with children regularly to share simple but meaningful experiences. These will typically be activities guided by the child’s interests, such as going for a walk, reading a much loved book, or playing a board game together.

Mentors make a commitment to meet with the child for a few hours every fortnight. By listening and giving children the opportunity to make decisions and choices, Mentors help to develop their life skills.

Memory Maker and child holding Memory Makers banner

“The best thing about my Mentor is she’s fun!”

How Do I Become a Mentor With Younger Children?

 All of the children and young people involved with SMASH are different, and so we need a broad range of people to match them with. Our current Mentors are a very diverse group, with ages ranging from 18 years to the retired; men and women; people with lots of experience of working with children, and people with no experience at all.

As long as you are over 18, there’s nothing stopping you from becoming a Mentor – you just need to be able to put the child at the centre of the relationship – and the ability to have lots of fun!

Memory Maker and child having fun

SMASH provides initial information events and regular catch up sessions to ensure that all Mentors are confident and comfortable with their role.

Click to open our application form: Volunteer Mentor Application Form Nov 2017  You can fill this in on your computer and email it to admin@smashyouthproject.co.uk, or you can print it off and fill it out by hand then return it to:

SMASH Youth Project
Pinetrees Community Centre
The Circle
Pinehurst
Wiltshire
SN2 1QR

Our next training is planned for February 2018 and dates will be posted here as soon as they are confirmed. Applications from volunteers are welcome all year round.