Care Leavers' Mentor Scheme
Could you inspire, encourage and motivate a young adult who has recently left care? We are looking for committed volunteers to mentor young adults (aged 18-25) who have recently left care. This is an excellent opportunity for anyone who's passionate about making a difference to the lives of young adults.
How mentoring helps care leavers
Research shows that the support of a mentor can help a care leaver:
- reduce feelings of isolation and loneliness
- improve self-confidence and self-esteem
- achieve their own personal goals
A mentor's tasks and responsibilities
- Be available to discuss any problems or concerns with the care leaver
- Other tasks, depending on the individual needs of the care leaver and the skills you can offer
- Volunteer alongside the 16+ and Care Leavers Team to help care leavers achieve positive outcomes and changes
To give you a good idea of how you could help, one of our care leavers has described how a mentor could have made a difference.
- Passionate about supporting care leavers and committed to helping them make positive changes.
- An ability to respect confidentially of the staff and the individuals involved.
- A professional approach.
- Willing and flexible to help the care leaver meet their needs.
You are expected to meet on a weekly basis, but this will depend on the needs of the young person
You should only apply for this opportunity if you can commit for at least a year. This is because many of our young adults need regular contact to achieve the positive outcomes that mentoring can bring.
Before you start
- a DBS (formerly known as a CRB) is required
- you must complete our mentor training
Please get in touch
If you're interested in becoming a mentor, please ask for an expression of interest form and induction pack