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 “I can’t thank you enough for your help and I want to say thank you for the phone calls too because even when my mental health isn’t great you always make me laugh.”

“I look forward to every session as I feel it really helps with my confidence and mental health.”

“Due to COVID-19 I haven’t been able to achieve the goals I wished for but my Base Camp worker has been accommodating my needs and working with me to achieve other goals and strive in other directions.”

“My mentor was very insightful and encouraging and has helped motivate me when I felt like I couldn’t motivate myself.”

Key Information

CXK Base Camp is a mentoring programme set up to support young people in Kent and Medway who currently are not in education, employment or training. Delivered via virtual 1:1 and group sessions, the programme is designed to support their personal development and/or to help in preparing them to find work, or an education or training opportunity. Base Camp is delivered as part of CXK’s Step Up programme, which is funded by the European Social Fund.

In climbing, a “base camp” is a staging area used by mountaineers to prepare for the climb ahead. It is a place where they can acclimatise and ensure that they have the correct equipment and supplies to take with them as they move forward. CXK’s Base Camp does just this – equipping young people with the tools they need to take their next steps.

How it Works

Mentors tailor their support to individual needs, providing a “menu” of skills building sessions to each young person, along with 1-to-1 mentoring. We work with each young person to decide which sessions and support they most need and will find the most useful to achieve their goals.

The Base Camp team currently delivers more than 30 tailored sessions on a range of topics including Confidence Building, Managing Stress, Equality and Diversity, Building Resilience, Job Searching and Time Management. New sessions continue to be designed to meet emerging needs.

A critical part of the Base Camp support has also been our ability refer young people for additional support to address their barriers to progression, including referrals to the National Careers Service for impartial careers advice.

How to Apply

Please print and complete the Step Up Referral Form*.

The Referral Form should be returned to

*Please note that a wet signature, or virtual signature, must be provided on the form.

About the European Social Fund

The project is receiving £2m of funding from the European Social Fund as part of the 2014-2020 European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme in England. The Department for Work and Pensions (and in London the intermediate body Greater London Authority) is the Managing Authority for the England European Social Fund programme. Established by the European Union, the European Social Fund helps local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects which will support skills development, employment and job creation, social inclusion and local community regenerations.  For more information visit

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