The Young Carers Transitions Project provides mentoring support for young carers affected by the illness, disability, mental health or substance misuse of a family member. The project provides a range of emotional and practical support for young carers, with a focus on helping young carers develop skills and confidence to access opportunities and overcome personal barriers to achieving their goals. The project aims to reduce the isolation felt by many young carers, and to build confidence, self-esteem and motivation to focus on their own needs and fulfil their potential. Volunteer Mentors work with young carers over a period of time to identify their goals and aspirations, and recognise opportunities. Mentors will empower young carers to identify their own skills and qualities to overcome barriers and achieve positive outcomes.
About your role
Young Carers can find themselves ill-equipped for the transition to adulthood. They may lack knowledge and social skills to address the challenges of adult life. The Transitions Project offers young carers aged 15-19 mentoring support to equip them with the skills and confidence they need to take this important step toward their future.
Young Carers Transition Mentors will build a supportive and empowering relationship with a young carer approaching transition to adulthood. Mentors will help their mentee to identify individual goals and issues that may impact the mentee's opportunities as they reach adulthood. These may be around confidence and self-esteem, education and employment, managing finances, positive relationships, health and well-being, assertiveness and communication skills, decision making etc.
Mentors will work with mentees over a period of time, supporting their mentee to develop an action plan to work toward reaching goals and developing resources to overcome issues and problems.
This is a fantastic opportunity to develop confidence and skills in building positive and supportive relationships with vulnerable young people. They will gain experience in goal setting, action planning, creative problem-solving, advocacy and working with other professionals. Volunteers will also develop independent working and working as part of a team, time management, record-keeping and monitoring skills.
A minimum commitment of 1 hour a week for a year
How to find us
The Mentoring Service, Christopher Cargill House, 21-23 Pelham Road, Nottingham, NG5 1AP. Please note that meetings take place in local communities in Nottingham City, Gedling, Rushcliffe and Broxtowe
1) Register your interest using the link below and we will send you details of how to apply
2) Once your application has been received the project will get in touch with you to discuss the role further
3) At this stage you will be required to provide two references, and the project will arrange for you to be DBS checked
4) Full training will be given by the Carers Foundation