Many Hands project

Many Hands is a collaborative project led by IHE and seven specialist higher education providers in the UK, co-funded by the Office for Students (OfS), and designed to provide a peer-to-peer mentoring service for students seeking early intervention support for their mental health and wellbeing.

The project set out to evaluate the impact of peer-to-peer mentoring on supporting the mental health of students from particular groups or backgrounds. Students eligible to participate included those studying at one of the seven partner institutions who were also:

  • mature students
  • Black, Asian or ethnic minority students
  • students studying a creative subject

Students were matched to a specially trained team of mentors across the seven institutions, connecting to someone who has faced similar life challenges, in a discreet and easy to access way.

Peer-to-peer mentoring is a proven effective mental health intervention, offering students in difficulty a mentor who has faced similar challenges and experiences. The collaborative approach also addresses the barriers to developing and accessing these services in smaller higher education providers.

The Many Hands project has now completed its active phase. We are currently in the process of producing a range of resources for dissemination to the wider independent higher education sector.

Many Hands online

Visit the dedicated website to find out more about the project, mentoring service and resources

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