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Wanted: someone to support care leavers

09 February, 2018

• I GREW up in care and know how scary and lonely it can be when a young person has to leave the care system and go out into the world.

Having someone to offer support and guidance, and just be there for you to talk to can make a huge difference.

Friendship Works is launching a mentoring service in Islington and Camden especially for care leavers. It matches young people with a volunteer mentor – someone who, using their own life experience and knowledge, will be there to offer support and guidance through a mentoring friendship.

Mentors offer emotional support and practical help, by sharing the skills necessary for adulthood and independent living such as budget management, cooking, DIY, form- filling or travelling.

They also support care leavers by giving them someone to talk to about their worries, and helping them increase their confidence and develop the tools and skills necessary for work.

Friendship Works is looking for volunteers to become mentors. By being a mentor you could help a care leaver feel less lonely and isolated, and make a significant difference to their life.

Could you spare a few hours, three times a month, to help a young person like me have a brighter future?  If so, please contact friendshipworks@family-action.org.uk to find out more.

SHALYCE LAWRENCE
Family Action
Angel Gate, EC1

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