Operating in London, Brighton & Hove 

You can’t prepare the road for the person.

You can only prepare the person for the road.

Life Coaching, Mentoring and Crisis Support for Teenagers and Young Adults in London, Brighton and Hove

At VIP Coaching and Mentoring, we help teenagers and young adults to master the life skills needed to find their own way.

We prepare young people for independence outside of the family home. 

Designed for private households, our programmes focus on developing the practical skills and confidence for teenagers to overcome any situation on their own – and transform themselves into modern adults.

We teach success in six areas:


Feelings of wellbeing are fundamental to the overall health on an individual. Wellbeing is a state of complete physical, mental and social wellbeing.  It includes having high life satisfaction, a sense of meaning or purpose and the ability to manage stress.  Common areas for development include improving resilience, self-confidence, anger management skills and self-esteem.

Home Life

Manage time productively, organize school work, keep up with household tasks such as cleaning and laundry, carry out property maintenance and repairs, plan and cook healthy meals, learn essential administration skills and manage screen time!


Learn how to use public transport, explore a city safely, plan a trip abroad, pack an overnight bag, read a map, learn basic orienteering and make contingency plans.


Practical Skills

Develop a fitness routine and learn practical skills such as self-defence, first aid, campsite and survival techniques, interview skills, car maintenance and more.


Social Skills

Improve conversation skills and interview techniques, understand friendships, make friends in new situations, diffuse conflict, read body language, effectively manage feelings such as anger, anxiety or impulses.


Understand how to manage money, create a monthly budget, open a new bank account, learn how much things cost and improve awareness of everyday spending.

Instead of buying your children all the things you never had, you should teach them all the things you were never taught.

Material wears out but knowledge stays.

– Bruce Lee.

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Our Coaching Team

Kevin Gallagher

Founder of VIP Coaching and Mentoring

Born in Cambridge, England, Kevin has worked with private households all over the world. His clients include those of high and even ultra-high net worth as well as those of celebrity status. Before VIP Coaching and Mentoring, Kevin mentored teenagers in care homes, schools and a military college. He has over 14 years’ experience working with teenagers and young people. 


Kevin spent seven years as a Combat Medic in The British Army Reserve and served on the frontline in Afghanistan. He holds the Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM) Level 5 qualifications in Coaching, Mentoring, Leadership and Management and has additional skills and qualifications associated with his military career.

 Connect with Kevin on LinkedIn.

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It was a great pleasure to have Kevin work with our son. I believe that for a young gentleman, there could hardly be a better option than Kevin Gallagher.

Mother of a ten-year-old boy.

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Kevin worked with our 13-year-old son and managed to do what no person has ever been able to do.  We noticed an instant improvement in timekeeping, organisation and self-care.

Celebrity parents.

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Thank you for always being there for me, for asking about me and for making me feel safe.  You are always willing to help me if I have a problem.  You treat me like a father and friend at the same time.   Thank you for everything

Ahmed, London (aged 16)


Kevin has been an invaluable support for my entire family. He helped my son face into a very challenging situation, develop important life skills and been a positive role model. At the same time he has provided wise counsel to myself and my husband in times of need. I highly recommend his services.

Mother of 13 and 15 year old boys, London.


It’s really easy to talk to Kevin, he’s a good listener and really fair. Becoming more independent feels good, it’s like I’m on track to be the man that I want to be.

Gabriel, London (aged 12)


Kevin had a huge impact on my life, for 22 weeks he proved to me that with the right mindset you can get through anything, he is great mentor, very understanding and always happy to help wherever possible. He always treated me with respect and care in his mind, I thank him for all he did for me and I highly recommend him.
Thomas, aged 16

Detailed, checkable references and security background checks are available upon request.

Coaching & Mentoring Pricing


Packages are bespoke and start from £60 per hour and depend on duration, frequency and location. Face to face sessions are more productive, but online sessions are available. 

Face to face sessions are approximately two hours in duration and are usually conducted in the family home.  Sessions occasionally incorporate a walk in the local park or a visit to a cafe.

Daily and weekly rates are available upon request.



Frequently Asked Questions

What's the process?

After you've made contact with me I'll send you a detailed email outlining the entire coaching and mentoring process. We can then schedule a video or voice call where you'll learn about my skills and experience, and I can learn about your reasons for seeking a coach and mentor. If you would like to explore coaching and mentoring further, we will then arrange a face-to-face appointment.

Does it matter where in the world I'm based?

My work has taken me all over the world, but due to Covid-19 I'm mainly operating in London, Brighton and Hove.   I'm a British citizen with a European passport and have the right to work in the United Kingdom, Canada, and the European Union.  

Do you coach young men and women?

Yes. I started my career working with 'at risk' teenage girls in a residential care setting.  Throughout my career I've worked with over 100 young men and women.

What if we start a programme and it's not working out?

It's important that all parties feel confident about the working relationship before the agreement is signed.  As part of the contracting phase I'll need to meet the immediate family. This way we will be able to establish everyone's needs and the desired outcomes.  There may be a requirement to meet several times and even implement a trial period.     


How long are coaching and mentoring programmes?

This depends on a number of factors.  Generally speaking, programmes can last from three to 18 months.  We regularly review your needs to make sure that the program is right for you.

Do you do online coaching, too?

Yes, but only once a solid mentoring relationship has been established through face to face contact.  I also coach and mentor private household staff, such as nannies, governesses and tutors. Most of these sessions are completed online.    

Do you have any other coaches available?

Should you feel that I'm not the correct coach for you, I can sometimes source other coaches and mentors. Fees may apply.

Are you a qualified therapist? 

No. Coaching and mentoring is not therapy or counseling. Coaching is a way of encouraging and supporting someone to achieve a goal or to develop or acquire a skill. As a professional and qualified coach and mentor, I'm happy to work in conjunction with other professionals, which may include therapists and psychologists.  

Are you trained in child protection?

Yes.  VIP Coaching and Mentoring is fully committed to safeguarding the welfare of all children in its care.  I hold an up-to-date child protection certificate from the NSPCC and an Enhanced DBS certificate which is available on the live Update Service. I can also provide detailed, checkable references.  VIP Coaching and Mentoring holds a safeguarding policy statement, risk assessments, is fully insured and adheres to a code of ethics. 

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