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.

Your skills 

  • 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.

Time commitments

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 volunteering, please get in touch to ask for an expression of interest form and induction pack: