Every year, approximately 10,000 sixteen to eighteen year olds leave foster or residential care in England. Far too many do not go on to higher education or employment. All too often, they are deprived of support and opportunity
Our award-winning Grandmentors programme, helps transform the lives of vulnerable young people through the emotional and practical support of our older, world-wise volunteers:
82% of the care leavers supported by Grandmentors are in education, employment or training after six months, compared to just 51% nationally.
Grandmentors provide a vital link for young people as they navigate life after care. Our Grandmentors come from a wide range of backgrounds and all walks of life, enabling them to understand and meet the range of needs of their mentees. Our trained volunteers, aged 50 and over, forge trusting and positive relationships that support, challenge and empower mentees to unlock their own skills and to shape their own futures.
We have Grandmentors projects running across eight local authorities and have had 500 successful matches since the programme’s launch.
“It is simply amazing to know that there is a local, truly supportive person who will always want to help me” Cole, a young Care Leaver from Ipswich
We provide training, on-going support and expenses for Grandmentors. No special skills or qualifications are needed for this voluntary role, just life experiences as well as a willingness to support someone who is need of a bit of help.
If you’re interested in becoming a Grandmentor see below for the latest volunteer opportunities or get in touch.
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If you’d like to commission Grandmentors in your area, or find out how you can support the programme please contact Gethyn Williams