Peer Elements

The Complete Peer Mentoring programme

Peer Elements has proved extremely popular with many organisations and communities who have used it to set up their own peer mentoring schemes.

We recognise the value and difference mentorship can make. For me the next important step was to empower tenants to support each other in this way, providing learning opportunities for tenants whilst also addressing softer barriers like confidence building, raising aspirations, and motivation.

The partnership with Youth Elements has been brilliant. They have provided an excellent training programme and engaged with some of our hardest to reach tenants within support housing.

Keira Burns, Great Places Housing Group, Employment & Training Manager

What is Peer Elements?

The programme supports young people and adults in becoming mentors by encouraging them to explore issues affecting them and share their feelings with others. This is vital preparation for becoming a mentor and ensures that the participants are confident and proactive in providing emotional and practical support in a positive environment.

Peer Elements is nationally accredited by the Assessment and Qualifications Alliance (AQA) and there is an Effective Mentoring one-day training course for professionals to attend. 

How is the project organised?

The project has four levels with those taking part successfully completing each stage to progress towards becoming peer mentors.

We provide additional support by helping participants to produce personal development plans which support them in gaining accreditation.
Comments received about Peer Elements
  • peer elements Amina and her team has rolled out some excellent presentation sessions for some our campus and our learners thought the stories were 'Inspirational'. We will look forward to welcoming her back very soon
    Shena Simon Campus
  • mentoring programme for young people The facilitators were enthusiastic, knowledgeable and very professional. The conference was well organised and informative and the desired aims of the day were met. We will look forward to welcoming her back very soon
    Loreto Sixth Form College
  • mentoring foryoung adults The Youth Elements staff are inspirational and have provided an excellent programme which was delivered alongside YOS staff. Young people involved in the programme have given great feedback about the course
    Stockport Youth Offending Service
  • mentoring trainingfor young people Amina supported us with promoting the workshop, recruiting young people and also finding potential venues for the project workshops. Amina was always very proactive, reaching out to her networks
    Latimer Group
  • accredited mentoring programme The young speakers were inspiring to our young people, set excellent examples and acting as great peer role models. I would recommend Youth Elements to any organisations working with young people.
    Openshaw Campus
  • peer mentoring scheme Youth Elements and the Young Mentors who make Youth Elements possible are a real inspiration and very professional in their delivery. I have never seen such a high level of engagement with YOS clients. Thank You!
    Stockport Youth Offending Service

Who can take part in Peer Elements?

Our mentoring programme has been very successful in supporting:

  • Schools
  • Housing associations
  • PRUs
  • Youth services
  • Primary schools
  • Police
  • Foyer federations.
Peer Elements is extremely flexible and we can tailor the programme to meet the needs of individual organisations, services and communities.

The benefits of being a mentor

Our mentors tell us that their role brings many benefits. Here are some of their comments:

  • It is extremely enjoyable
  • You are meeting new people and making new friends
  • Helping others boosts your own confidence
  • Understanding how others learn will help you to learn
  • Mentoring provides experience of running productive meetings, leading discussions and supporting group problem-solving
  • Being a peer mentor looks great on your CV and may help you get a work placement or job

Skills gained

  • Coaching
  • Team work
  • Problem solving
  • Communication
  • Creative thinking
  • Managing change
  • Building, supporting and understanding relationships
  • Empathy
  • Establishing boundaries

Learning outcomes

  • Recognition of the need for sensitivity
  • Awareness of the impact of attitudes, values, beliefs and personal styles of communication on relationships
  • Understanding of the importance of verbal and non-verbal communication skills
  • Awareness of barriers to achievement and how to overcome them
  • Appreciation of equality and diversity


Find out more

Please get in touch to find out how Peer Elements can help your organisation or community:

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