One of the sayings in the African continent is that “it takes a village to bring up a child,” this is very akin to the spirit of Ubuntu, which underpins the work of Orchid Community and Associates. Archbishop Desmond Tutu explained it this way:

“One of the sayings in our country is Ubuntu — the essence of being human. Ubuntu speaks particularly about the fact that you can’t exist as a human being in isolation. It speaks about our interconnectedness … We think of ourselves far too frequently as just individuals, separated from one another, whereas you are connected and what you do affects the whole world. When you do well, it spreads out; it is for the whole of humanity.”

“Mentoring is to support and encourage people to manage their own learning in order that they may maximise their potential, develop their skills, improve their performance and become the person they want to be.”

Eric Parsloe, The Oxford School of Coaching & Mentoring


For Young People


Therapeutic Mentoring offers structured, one-to-one, strength-based support services between a therapeutic mentor and a youth (up to the age of 21) for the purpose of addressing communication, daily living, and social needs.

Services are provided in any setting where the youth resides, such as the home (including foster homes and therapeutic foster homes), and in community settings, such as schools, child care centres, respite settings, as well as other culturally and linguistically appropriate community settings.

In South Devon &Torbay we offer this through Apricot centre  wellbeing service




Mentoring is a two-way process of relationship, where mentor and mentee walk/sit side by side along their mutual beneficial journey. At Orchid Community and Associates we offer a range of mentoring relationships

• Face to Face
• Skype
• Telephone

You can reach us at  or please fill contact us on the form below and we will respond to your request

Coaching and Supervision


We work with a range of Coaches and Supervisors Contact us to discuss your needs.

Orchid Community and Associates are linking with the Apricot centre  can provide a range Independent fully insured and registered social workers and therapeutic practitioners from a range of disciplines.

We also have years of community development/consultancy experience and are connected through various networks

We specialise, but not exclusively working with children and families from multicultural backgrounds. We are consulting and special advisers to local authorities, Police service, Fostering and Adoption teams Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) Schools, Safeguarding Boards and Social work teams’ practitioners

We are keen to work with:

• Unaccompanied children
• Privately fostered Children
• School-aged Children
• Children at boarding schools
• Children at FE Colleges and universities
• Fostered Children
• Adopted Children
• Care Leavers
• Families

Roles context and purpose

•  To advise safeguarding boards work with key partners to build on strategic community interventions regarding safeguarding across cultural diversity
•  To work collaboratively within the statutory and voluntary sector, providing a consultancy role, attending meetings providing advice making referrals where necessary especially with mental health services
•  To provide some casework support to the All social teams and to other childcare teams where relevant where there may be cross-cultural concerns
•  To fulfil the statutory responsibility of raising awareness of Safeguarding across cultures engaging communities, Black Minority Ethnic groups, religious groups etc., liaising with faith and community leaders
•  Community development support through networks
•  Hospitality reconnecting or experiences in the natural environment
•  Advice and training around Cultural Diversity and Care
•  Form F Assessments for fostering teams and prospective Foster Carers

Location: International, Countrywide, Countywide – Devon