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Starting Point Reading

Starting Point is mentoring service that support young people aged 16 – 25 into employment, education or training (NEET).

We mentor any young person aged 16-25 who is currently, or is at risk of becoming NEET (including those with SEND). We also work with vulnerable Year 11s in their transition from school into a positive destination. All mentoring focuses not only the practical aspects of finding employment or further education, but also on the social and emotional wellbeing of an individual which contributes to them being NEET.

There is no fixed time limit to mentoring and we strive to never have a waiting list - this so that a young person in need of mentoring can access the support straight away.

Whether you're hoping to find work, do a course at college, start an apprenticeship, or just don’t know what you want to do - we can provide you with the support to get you where you want to be.

Who to contact

Contact Name
Keren Newnham
Contact Position
Mentor Lead
01189 567 000 (6 for starting point part of Mustard Tree)
Starting Point
Parent Organisation
The Mustard Tree

Where to go

The Mustard Tree Foundation
London Street

Time / Date Details

When is it on
Office open Monday to Friday 9am until 5pm
Time of day
Session Information
Mentoring takes place at a time and location that will be agreed between the mentor and young person.

Other Details


Is there a charge for
using this service?


Age Ranges
Referral required
Referral Details

Referral can be made via an agency or from an individual.  Please contact Keren for more information.


Other notes

Work experience is offered in a number of areas for a duration that works for the young person and business.  Mentoring also takes place at a time and location that will be agreed between the mentor and young person.


This information has been collected from third party providers therefore the Reading Services Guide, Reading Borough Council (RBC) and Brighter Futures for Children (BFfC) cannot accept responsibility for the accuracy of this information and recommends that parents, carers, young people, residents and professionals check with providers regarding DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service) and OFSTED registrations and CQC registrations. Information collected by Reading Service Guide; is used solely to implement and supply the Family Information Service (FIS), Special Educational Needs & Disabilities - Reading's Local Offer, Adults & Carers Support Group and Reading Youth.