The transition to living in the adult world happens much sooner for Care Leavers than it would for many other young people with most leaving care between 16 -18 years of age. As with any young person leaving home for the first time, they need access to continued support from significant adults who can offer sound advice, a listening ear, practical help and a considerable level of nurturing. Yet this is a ‘privilege’ few care leavers have access to, making the transition to adulthood far more challenging than it is for other young people. For some, it can be overwhelming and the challenges can feel insurmountable.
Pure Insight mentoring sets out to support a vulnerable group of young people through a difficult transition period from leaving care to adult independence through a one-to-one mentoring programme over a committed 2 year period. We do this in Stockport, Cheshire East, Trafford and Salford.
We rely heavily on volunteer mentors – adults within the local community who share valuable knowledge, experience and most importantly their time to provide guidance and support to the young people they engage with. The continual support of a mentor helps young care leavers develop coping strategies to deal with both everyday and extraordinary issues they may be faced with upon leaving the care system.We know the presence of a consistent adult role model can offer invaluable life skills such as appropriate social interaction skills, negotiation skills, accepting compromise and creative thinking around problem solving, skills all young people need to develop to get on in adulthood.
CHESHIRE EAST - firstname.lastname@example.org
STOCKPORT - email@example.com
TRAFFORD - firstname.lastname@example.org
WHAT PEOPLE SAY
“Having a mentor has given me confidence to make some big changes in my life .”
Stockport Mentor Training
We are now training our next set of mentors. If you want to be involved in our next training sessions please get in touch.