MentorEd is a registered Charitable Trust which aims to give 1:1 support to children at school.
The MentorEd Charitable Trust (Palmerston North) was set up by Mercedes and David Hayman to provide more support for children facing challenges at home which impact on their school life. David and Mercedes have been fostering children for over three years. They have seen first hand the need to provide more support to not only these kids but other children in our community who have been, or are, facing adversity. Parent or caregiver illness, bereavement, poverty, poor or no housing, addiction, violence, mental health problems and many other situations can all cause distress for children. Knowing there is no endless pot of money to help kids facing these situations, they decided they would start a community led programme to make a difference. Liaising with Principals and Teachers, their programme aims to deliver engaging learning activities in a safe and supportive environment as the child progresses through school. Some children face many day to day challenges and by donating our time we can make a big difference to their future.
We believe advocating for and mentoring children facing adversity can lift academic achievement. We aim to boost confidence, engagement, perseverance and achievement in order to help children navigate the challenges of life.
How we work
Every child has different needs and MentorEd works with schools to provide additional learning support to meet those needs. For children with higher emotional needs it can be difficult for them to have their needs met; a problem we have heard time and time again from teachers. We develop close relationships with teachers and children because our mentoring takes place at school during the day. Our learning support aims to increase the child's sense of engagement and chances of succeeding at school.
Mercedes has previous experience of fundraising, community involvement, training and volunteering. She worked in local government in the UK before running her own successful business for many years. She relocated to New Zealand with her family and decided to use her time and skills helping others.
David is a scientist who passionately believes in equality and making education accessible to all. Originally from the UK, David has worked throughout the world on veterinary, public health, and conservation issues, and now works at Massey University.
Jonathan was a special needs teacher in the UK for over 13 years before moving to New Zealand with his family in 2010. He Chaired a Board of Trustees for a local school for over five years. He now works at Massey University developing online learning for the College of Sciences.
We need help
If you are a kind and enthusiastic person we would like to hear from you. If you can spare a minimum of 2 hours a week (during term time) for a minimum of 6 months you can make a difference to a child's future. We work with teachers to deliver programmes which meet individual learning needs and help kids reach their potential. Mentoring could be helping with life skills, homework, reading, basic maths, a craft activity, music or sport. If this sounds like you, please use our contact form or call for an informal chat. A Police check will be required.
If you don't have time to volunteer why not support us with a donation? Our Mentors are all volunteers and we rely on donations to provide mentor training, teaching resources and equipment for the children we work with. The children we help are often living in financial hardship so we aim to support their material needs too such as stationery supplies, help with school camp fees and equipment and even food. Where we see a gap we try and fill it.