Our organisation

The Bridge Builders Mentoring Scheme is a charity that was established following the publication of the independent REACH report in 2007. The report highlighted the gap that exists between young males from poor socio-economic backgrounds and their peers. The Chair of the report, Clive Lewis, made a decision following his involvement with the project: he would develop a new initiative targeted at young males from low income families to give them the opportunity to bridge that gap. The Bridge Builders Mentoring Scheme was born. Bridge Builders Mentoring has now expanded to work with girls from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Dame Janet Trotter DBE – Our Patron

janetJanet Trotter started her career as a teacher and progressed to be appointed Vice-Principal of St Martin’s College, Lancaster and later Principle of St Paul and St Mary’s College in Cheltenham. She founded the Cheltenham and Gloucester College of Higher Education in 1990 and just over ten years later achieved University status for the College. As a result, Janet was appointed the first Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the University of Gloucestershire from 2001 to 2006. Janet has also served on the Higher Education Funding Council for England and the Teacher Training Agency. She currently sits on the Gloucestershire Learning and Skills Council, is a Panel Member of the National Teaching Fellowship Scheme, and a Chair of the Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. Janet was awarded OBE in 1991 and DBE in 2001. She has honorary degrees from PCES University, Hungary, Bristol University and the University of West England. In October 2010, Janet was appointed Lord-Lieutenant of Gloucestershire.

Contact Us

Bridge Builders Mentoring
3 Ivy Mews

Charity Number: 1158629

0333 200 4703

National Coordinator - Val Bunker

Our mission

At Bridge Builders Mentoring, we believe that the gap between young men from poor socio-economic backgrounds and their full potential is never too large to overcome. Bridge Builders Mentoring Scheme provides young men the opportunity to gain additional support and guidance from adult mentors from professional backgrounds, who are experienced in life and work. Together, they can define, explore and overcome the problems that are so often associated with a low economic background.

The Bridge Builders Mentoring Scheme is a charity providing low cost services for young men. Any donations are greatly needed and appreciated. We rely on the support of our corporate sponsors and generous individuals to keep our work running and enable us to change the lives of young men throughout the UK.