Young Carers' Mentoring Project
The Mentoring Project, funded by the Big Lottery Fund, seeks to match trained volunteer mentors with young carers who are in need of one-to-one support.
A mentor builds a trusting and positive relationship with the young carer that they are matched with. This might involve providing emotional support and a listening ear and helping the young carer to explore their concerns and issues relating to school, friends, family and their caring situation.
The mentor-mentee relationship can help the young carer to build resilience and develop healthy coping strategies, enabling them to find their own solutions to problems such as bullying, low self-esteem and social isolation.