Think Big from O2

Think Big from O2


3 words

helpful , energetic , honest

Who we are

The Why Do campaign is an exciting partnership between Horsesmouth and O2’s Think Big programme, set up to help answer the age old question of “why do young people do the things they do”. It’s the brainchild of Sabian, a passionate young campaigner. He hates the way different generations struggle to communicate – and wanted to do something about it. O2 listened to his idea, and through Think Big gave him the support he needed to turn the Why Do concept into a reality. Now his hope is to use this service to help bridge the generation gap in the UK.

Through an innovative new online question and answer service, our young mentors will answer questions about young people from members of the public, giving adults an opportunity to find out what young people really think.

Our areas of expertise

Connecting generations

Why Do aims to use technology to bridge the generation gap, by allowing adults to ask questions online and receive honest answers from our team of young volunteers. We have selected a group of aspiring young mentors, ready to help adults understand a little more about young people and what really makes them tick, countering some well known prejudices and showing how much valuable knowledge and insight they have to share. It’s one small step to making the world a bit better, in keeping with the aims of the Think Big programme from O2.

Why we're on horsesmouth

Horsesmouth already has thousands of young mentors interacting across all age groups, and know just how valued the advice of young people can be. Young mentors regularly help people of their parents’ age across a wide range of areas, from empathising with teenagers in the family, to lending advice on the impact of divorce or illness; or simply explaining what’s good in new music. The Why Do’ question and answer service will help bring the advice of young people to a much wider audience.

We’re working with Horsesmouth to find enthusiastic volunteers, willing to answer questions from adults about a range of subjects. If you’re under 25 and keen to improve peoples perceptions of young people, please click here to sign up as a mentor. We’ve made the commitment to bridging the generation gap – now we need you to help us make it happen.

More information

Visit: Think Big

Featured mentors

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Latest Pearls of Wisdom

Life is not lost by dying

"“Life is not lost by dying;
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day by dragging day,
in all the small uncaring ways.”

– Stephen Vincent Benet..."

What is online mentoring?

If you've lived, you've learned...and you've probably got a story to tell. Mentoring online is the perfect way to share your hard earned-wisdom with those who can benefit from your experiences and knowledge, all in a supportive, safe and secure online environment. It takes seconds to sign up and you never know who you might meet!

Can't find the right mentor? Just send a request!

If you've tried using search and browsed the profiles on our site but can't find anyone who's quite right for you, send a request for a mentor to the whole community. You'll get some good responses and one or two may turn into mentoring relationships.

Other users say...


I am very lucky to have found your website. Recently I wrote about a problem which I face very often.... There were 10 responses from 10 mentors. They have really explained to me and made me understand that I do not have any problem. Your services are wonderful and I am very much thankful to all of you.

I have been mentoring on HM for 18 months. I really enjoy it & hopefully I am helping other people. Recently I posted my my first 'request for a mentor'. I have been completely bowled over by the response. So many people taking their time & making the effort to offer constructive advice in a friendly polite manner. For me it completely validates the intent behind HM. It reminds me how many good, helpful people there are out there. Thanks for providing such a great service.
'I called out for mentor assistance a week or so ago.

I have been inundated with unbelievably helpful replies, and now have a toolkit to draw on to start turning around behaviours and mind-sets that have been detrimental in my life.

I just want to thank Horsesmouth and all the amazing people who reached out to me.  Each and every one of you has given me something to think about, and some have given me heaps of material with which to start working.  Now I need to do the work! Thank you so much!' 

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