Our mission is to make an impact on the lives of young people so that they experience enhanced self-esteem and self-confidence leading to keen engagement, aspirational goals, and higher levels of achievement.

What we do

Worth Unlimited for Doncaster focuses on developing the skills, passions and motivations of local people to mentor young people, in particular those at risk of not flourishing in society.  To do this we recruit and train mentors and use them in partner schools.

Through our mentoring programme young people, ranging in age from 5-18, experience transformation in behaviour, self-confidence and self-esteem, which results in impressive outcomes of engagement and achievement. 

Our priority is to train and supervise volunteer mentors to support vulnerable young people, particularly those living in poverty or facing exceptional challenges.  Most of our referrals come through schools, which identify young people who struggle with low self-esteem, and lack motivation, ambition, hope and self-belief. 

Most mentoring is carried out one-to-one but we also deliver small group courses in building self-esteem, anger management and conflict resolution as well as training young people to become peer mentors.  We train young people in Years 12 & 13 to mentor younger students in their school. We work with schools to tailor courses to the needs of young people, for example supporting Year 11 students who experience exam stress. 

We strongly believe in the importance of a long term mentoring relationship and do not give up easily on any young person who needs ongoing support.


Stories of impact

Comments about our work in schools:

"J has had students in school trying to fight him and he's walked away every time... I think I've finally got my boy back, my heart is bursting with pride!" (Parent)

"B has blossomed under the mentoring scheme!! sees the importance of school and completes learning with more pride and care." (Teacher)

"D now achieves more learning goals...has significantly improved under the mentoring scheme.’ (Teacher) 

"My behaviour improved loads." (Student in secondary school)"

"We were given set targets and then help to achieve those targets." (Student in secondary school) 

"With ten children participating in mentoring at the moment school are very pleased with the results in behaviour and self-esteem." (Chair of Parents Association)

" C’s behaviour has improved dramatically... SATs have shown a huge improvement in his academic achievement." (Parent)

"Your time and efforts have had such a positive impact on both boys, and we are so proud of what they have become." (Parent)

Get Involved

Volunteering opportunities: Do you have 1-2 hours per week to spare? Then maybe you would be interested in joining the Doncaster team!
We are on the lookout for volunteer mentors to help young people aged between 5 and 18 overcome challenges and grow up to be the people they want to be.
No experience necessary, just a non-judgemental attitude and an ability to chat with young people.
Training is provided.

To find out more please contact Carol Parker-Cowan (details below)

Volunteer Claire Barrer says:
Volunteering with Worth supported my university progress with vital hands-on experience that has strengthened my knowledge around children's mental health and multi agency support. This acted as a foundation for me progressing into a career in parenting and family support.

Worth Unlimited is a Safe Recruiter - the safeguarding of children and young people is of paramount importance to us, so we will expect all applicants to complete a Volunteers Application Form, we will take references and seek a DBS Disclosure for all roles involving direct work with children and young people.

Could you take part in a fundraising event and help to raise some much needed funds for our work with vulnerable young people? See our fundraising page for more details.

Our people

Carol Parker-Cowan

Branch Leader

As well as working for Worth Unlimited, Carol is a Messy Church Leader.  She is enthusiastic about keeping fit, aerobics, cycling and walking and passionate about helping young people to ‘grow’.

Charlotte Barley


Charlotte joined the Doncaster team at the end of 2018. Having taught in secondary schools for 20 years it seemed like it was meant to be when she came across Worth Unlimited. A passing conversation with Carol Parker-Cowan and now here we are! 

Frances Rhodes


Fran enjoys mentoring and seeing struggling young people turn the corner, be it with their confidence or controlling their anger better.  As well as this she can usually be found doing craft of some type, reading, or word games.”

Marie Pringle

Volunteer Mentor

Marie Pringle is a Volunteer Mentor

Ian Ogley


Ian has been a youth leader in church and non church settings for over 25 years and worked in NHS for 29 years. In 2011, Ian heard our Branch Leader do a presentation on school mentoring.  Work patterns meant he couldn't join the team until 2017 when retiring.   Ian is passionate about helping young people change.

Cat Thomson

Volunteer Mentor

Cat Thomson is a volunteer mentor.

Jo Young

Volunteer Mentor

Jo Young is a volunteer mentor.


Carol Parker-Cowan

Doncaster (please contact us directly for a postal address)
Mob:  07923257488


Volunteer Application Form

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