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Evolve | Key partners working with the virtual school | Birmingham City Council

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A social impact company offering a mentoring service in partnership with Birmingham Virtual School, with trained and experienced health mentors, working to improve all aspects of children and young people’s wellbeing.

This includes their physical and emotional health, personal development and raising their aspirations.

Mentoring will be available for Year 6 to Year 13 children in care, and 18+ care leavers.

This tailored support will focus on key educational transitions, students at risk of becoming NEET or at risk of permanent exclusion.

A baseline SDQ assessment will identify specific needs and goals for each child or young person.

Health Mentors provide support, guidance and signposting to children and young people, with an individualised programme of weekly sessions tailored to their needs.

These sessions may take place face-to-face at school or college, on virtual platforms or outdoors in Birmingham’s green spaces. 

If you work with a child or young person who would benefit from Evolve mentoring, please contact Birmingham Virtual School to initiate a referral.

Staff biographies 

Daryl Williams - Has come from a previous PE coordinator background within a deprived area of Birmingham. Over the previous 12 months Daryl has worked on behalf of the BVS to work with targeted year 11 pupils on their aspirations and emotional wellbeing. 

Jack Miles - Has an MSc in art and uses this to focus on engagement within the community. For example, Jack worked for Barnado’s to provide community support for individuals who were on court order probation to provide them with work experience within a designated charity shop. 

Ellie Wilde - Has a childcare and youth work background, including experience as a foster carer. She has specialist knowledge and training in safeguarding and attachment, and initial training in counselling. She works with BVS in her current role, focusing on developing events and opportunities for young people in care. Special interests include: LGBT+ support, mental health and faith / belief. 

Further information and resources from Evolve.