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Christmas 2020

Before we closed the door on another year at GreenHouse Mentoring, Sue, Catriona and I just wanted to say a few heartfelt thanks.

Thanks to all of our Volunteers who give up their time and energy to help young people in Luton through GHM.

Thanks to all of you who have supported all the crazy schemes Ian has come up with and also to those of you who have joined the “Give a cup of coffee scheme” and give a small regular sum to GHM

(see if you would like to find out more!)

Thank you to all the new Volunteers who came along in October and November for the GHM ONLINE course and ploughed through video modules, quizzes, forms, assignments and questionnaires and have now become Mentors – your certificates have been created and your id’s are coming too.  A special thank you to Marcus who really made it possible to get the new course available in time.

Thank you to our long suffering staff who have worked on through the pandemic, adjusting to a different way of working.

Thank you to our sponsors and trusts that made it all possible – especially BBC Children in Need, Wixamtree Trust, Garfield Weston Foundation, Co-op Local Community Fund, Tesco Foundation and the Bedfordshire & Luton Community Foundation as part of the London Luton Airport Limited Luton Youth Fund.

Lastly, thank you to the GHM Management Committee for their wisdom, oversight, help and encouragement in all the work of GreenHouse Mentoring.

Wishing you all a very good Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Sue ,Catriona and Ian


GHM News – Christmas Edition

Press the LINK to hear GHM’s Christmas News – including details of a farewell zoom from Sue & Ian, special commendations and an introduction to Catriona the new Manager.


Update on the New Normal – 16 Jun 2020

Dear Referrers

We are writing to update you on the changes that GreenHouse Mentoring has made in order to continue to help young people in Luton.  Please pass on to the most appropriate persons in your organisation.
Firstly, to confirm we remain open providing TeleMentoring Services – this is Mentoring via Telephone, Tablet or The Computer, using tools such as Zoom, WhatsApp, etc.  The attached document is our code of conduct for Mentors and we have also attached the GHM News from April, where we described TeleMentoring further.
Secondly, we are still not able to provide Group Mentoring Services as our Facilities at the GreenHouse are closed because of the pandemic and are unlikely to re-open before September.
Thirdly, we have tentatively re-opened our service to receive referrals BUT we will no longer accept referrals via the old form – please destroy any copies you may have.  We will only accept referrals online in future –  We will be keeping a careful monitor on numbers of referrals and, should the numbers become too high, we will suspend the form until we have capacity to help.
Lastly, we have adjusted and streamlined some of our procedures:

  • we have decided to concentrate our Mentoring focus in the future to be outside of the School setting, therefore once existing in-school based relationships are completed, we will no longer offer this option.   We will, however, offer the option of TeleMentoring as a service to those unable to visit our Stopsley Centre.
  • we have limited referrals to ages 8-18, unless the young person is over 18 and has learning disabilities
  • we have adjusted our rules on Gender Matching 
Updated Gender Matching Statement
    • Our normal practice is to match Mentees to the next Available, Suitable Mentor.
    • For those in Primary School this could be any available gender of Volunteer. 
    • For High School Mentees, our preference is to match with the same gender, however the option is always open for the Parent, Guardian or Carer to request a specific gender for those that are uncomfortable with our normal preference.
    • We are always open  to discuss the choice of gender with the Mentee’s Parent, Guardian or Carer.
We hope the above makes sense.  Please do feel free to contact us on either of the numbers below, if you would like to discuss further.

Ian & Sue

GHM Managers – Sue & Ian Pirks
GreenHouse Mentoring
The GreenHouse, 16-22 St Thomas’s Road
Stopsley, Luton, Bedfordshire, LU2 7UY

tel:    01582 528213                         email:
mob: 07515 276586                         Website:


Great News!

After returning from holiday, Sue & Ian found two letters from Funders saying they were making a grant to the work of GreenHouse Mentoring.


A big thanks to the Wixamtree Trust and the Bedfordshire & Luton Community Foundation.


GHM Summer News

Hi Guys

I hope you are well and have enjoyed the Summer

Here is the Summer GHM News.  GHM News Summer 2017

Thank you for your support of GreenHouse Mentoring – helping us to help young people in Luton!


Please vote for us in the Aviva Community Fund

We have entered into the Aviva Community Fund to raise funds for GreenHouse Mentoring and help young people in Luton.  Please vote for us by:


GHM Annual Awards Evening & Quiz Night

A Date for your diary – Thursday 22 September 7pm to 9pm – Annual Volunteer Awards evening & Quiz Night

The idea is that we will hold a fund raising quiz competition from 7 pm to around 8:30 pm and then give out awards at 8:30 pm – please come along and bring a team of 6 for the quiz – entry to the quiz is £2 per person or £10 for a team of 6.