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.

HOW YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE

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.

We are looking for Volunteer Mentors for a period of 6-12 months. Meeting fortnightly you will develop a long-term relationship with a young carer. You will be a positive role model who is able to help a young carer develop their self-esteem and realise their academic, social and/or personal goals. You will research, plan and participate in mentoring activities in the local community that will broaden a young carer's interests and give them a break from their caring responsibilities.

We are looking for reliable, committed and patient individuals who are empathetic to the needs of young carers, are good communicators and active listeners. You must be able to meet with your mentee for two hours once a fortnight for a minimum of 6-12 months.

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, receive free training in mentoring and child protection and have the ongoing support of our Mentoring Co-ordinator.

To find out more please contact [email protected]

 

Notes

To be considered for this role you must be able to attend a two-session evening training programme and complete Child Protection training online, attend quarterly review meetings with the Mentoring Coordinator and provide feedback after each mentoring session. You will also be required to 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.

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