Grandmentors is an innovative project using the power of inter-generational mentoring to support care leavers who may be in challenging life circumstances. These mentors are volunteers aged 50 and over who use their wisdom, their energy and their life experience to help keep young people leaving care on track.
Some young people, for whatever reason, may not achieve academic results to continue into higher education, or were lacking interview skills and are unemployed, or maybe they have a skill they haven’t been able to develop through training and guidance. We believe all young people are capable of being in higher education, employment or training if they wish to be but we also know that some young people need a helping hand to achieve this.
The role of a Grandmentor consists of an older volunteer regularly meeting a young person aged 16-24 for one to two hours per week. Slowly and surely, the Grandmentors build up a relationship of trust and mutual respect. Often, the Grandmentor becomes a positive role model for the young person, boosting the young person’s confidence and supporting them to develop their skill set.
Grandmentors receive training, on-going support and expenses. 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.
Contact Islington on 07841 449992
Contact Hounslow on 07823 413256
Contact Ipswich on 01473 418036
Dover/Folkestone – 07823 413278/07823 413251
Stockton – 07823 413281
Wiltshire – 0117 935 9710