Family Mentors is an effective programme, proven to reduce the number of children at risk of going into care. By preventing and de-escalating issues, our volunteers help struggling families to turn things around.
Volunteers, recruited from the local community, come from diverse backgrounds and receive extensive training. They act as trusted mentors, providing consistent emotional and practical support to families in their homes every week for six months.
Volunteers tailor their support to the unique needs of each family, building on strengths and promoting resilience.
The projects recruit, train and match volunteers to mentor and support families with complex needs, such as alcohol or substance misuse, mental health and emotional well being and where children are at risk of significant harm through neglect. Volunteers make weekly visits to the families building up a strong relationship with the parent/s, listening to their problems and offering practical help.
Support is overseen by our professional volunteer managers, who are embedded within the local authority’s children’s services team.
Run in partnership with Council Social Service teams to target families most in need of support, our volunteers help keep families together and reduce the number of children on child protection plans and child in need plans. By improving parenting skills, reducing isolation and improving the quality of family life the reliance on social care services is also reduced.
They act as trusted mentors, providing consistent emotional and practical support to families in their homes every week for six months.
Hear from Adele, one of our volunteers
“It is lovely that Mum now sees a brighter future for herself and her child. She understands everyone isn’t against her now that she’s had me supporting and empowering her. She is in a much better position now than when I first began volunteering with her and the case has now been closed to children social care.”
Find out more about our Family Mentors project in your area….
For Greenwich call 07711 492 065 or email Helen.Maunsell@volunteeringmatters.org.uk
For Edinburgh call 07415 734 558 or email Arlaine.Barbour@volunteeringmatters.org.uk
For Southend call 01702 534262 or email email@example.com