We specialise in engagement with children and young people.

Launched in February 2008, INNOVATE DORSET has gone from strength to strength. Engaging young people and children by building professional relationships and helping individuals to regain control, confidence, and trust in others.

For over ten years Innovate's bespoke support and engagement programs have proved successful time and time again. Helping participates undertake a return to education, further training and even employment while building social skills and gaining guidance from our team of mentors, a skill for life...


Recognition for what we do?


In 2017 Innovate Dorset was awarded the APS 'Approved Provider Standard.' The Approved Provider Standard is a national quality mark designed specifically for mentoring and befriending projects. Achieving the standard demonstrates that the project met the 10 requirements of the standard, and was independently assessed by experts in good practice in mentoring and befriending.

Everything starts with a conversation


Regardless of a situation or factors that make a conversation challenging to have! Our mentors start at the beginning, and nobody knows and understands their child better than Parents.

So often a rich source of knowledge overlooked when trying to create a holistic package. Innovate will take the time where possible to meet with parents and listen.

These conversations are not about blame or taking sides, but about what is best for the child or young person, and so often these conversations are a valued source of information helping parents feel connected with what is happening around they're child.

Engagement is everything 


With over ten thousand successful engagements, a number that is growing every year, Innovate believe in finding the right person who under our guidance can engage build a professional relationship for every participant. We don't always get it right the first time, but we pride ourselves on being responsive when we know something isn't working and sometimes a small change can make a world of difference for some of our mentees.

Sharing is caring


In a world of Data Protection and GDPR, an individual's right to confidentiality should be straight forward, though many factors can change how an individual's rights vary depending on their ability to understand and practice such rights. i.e. mental and psychical age and ability.

At Innovate Dorset, we are proud to consider ourselves a transparent service. While there is information that we gather in the course of our day to day work and session reports generated by our mentors and tutors for each session delivered, any information is only shared with a relevant services with the proper permissions in place. It is not sold or moved to any 3rd parties.

The safety and welfare of those who participate in our service are of paramount importance to us and Innovate as a company follow and practice stringent information sharing and Child protection policies, practising safeguarding to the best of our ability at all times.

(please find all of our company policies available online to read at)

Many children and young people who are mentored by a positive role model have found to become less disruptive and more able to re-engage with education, with young people themselves highlighting the value of friendship, trust, guidance and encouragement of the Mentor.



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