Carers Support Merton is looking for mentors to inspire young carers to reach their full potential and achieve their goals. If you'd like to make a difference in young person's life, we’d love to hear from you.

Young carers provide care to a family member, usually a parent or sibling who cannot look after themselves due to disability, mental or physical ill health or substance misuse. These young people are often very proud of their role, but they need help and support to access and achieve education. They want to enjoy hobbies and social activities in the same way as their peers. Recent research shows that up to one in five secondary school children may be a young carer.  But many children’s caring responsibilities begin much earlier, some carers are just five or six years old.

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Caring for someone can be isolating, worrying and stressful and can take its toll on young carers’ life chances. Research has shown that harmful levels of caring can have a negative impact on relationships and on educational, mental and physical health outcomes. We have identified a number of young people in Merton who have or are at risk of having harmful/excessive caring responsibilities. We know from the young carers themselves that they want and need more emotional support. Our new mentoring project is designed to provide young carers aged from 10 to 17, with one-to-one support to build their confidence and raise their aspirations.

Whilst Covid-19 restrictions are in place, we are looking for Volunteer Mentors to carry out online mentoring for a minimum of 2 months, with 4 hours of flexible mentoring each month. When in-person mentoring is appropriate, mentoring would be fortnightly for 6- 12 months.

With the support of the mentoring coordinator, you will plan and participate in mentoring activities via Zoom. The mentoring sessions will revolve around a mentoring plan, which details the young persons educational, social and personal goals for their mentoring journey.

We are looking for reliable, committed and empathetic individuals to broaden young carer’s interests and give them a break from their caring responsibilities. You must be able to commit to a minimum of 2 months online mentoring.

In return, you will gain experience working with young people; have the opportunity to help a young carer to build their confidence and achieve their goals. As well as, receiving free mentoring training and NSPCC child protection training. You will have the ongoing support of the mentoring coordinator throughout the process. To find out more please contact [email protected]

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To be considered for this role you must be able to:

  • Attend an online training session via Zoom
  • Complete an online Child Protection training course
  • Attend an online Introductory meeting and review meeting
  • Attend online supervision sessions the Mentoring Coordinator
  • Provide feedback notes after each mentoring session
  • Undergo an enhanced DBS check

Carers Support Merton (CSM) is a well-established and respected charity in the London Borough of Merton with an ambitious programme of work to support, promote and improve quality of life for unpaid carers from the age of 5 years.

 Mentor Role Description

 Mentor Application Form