City Opportunities Mentoring

City Opportunities Mentoring is an exciting new project that matches volunteer mentors working in the City of London with young people who are leaving care.

We're not recruiting volunteers for this project at the moment, but keep your eye on our website as this may change over the next few months! 

Leaving care can be a difficult transition for many young people, making them feel uncertain and overwhelmed.  They may not have the confidence or networks to access work opportunities, particularly in the City of London. 

Mentors will use their skills and experience to support these young people, guiding them through a period of significant change. This may involve helping them build professional networks, complete applications, access internships or work through the university admissions process for example.

The project aims to encourage care leavers to access employment opportunities in the City.  It also seeks to create links between those who work in the City of London and those who live in its neighbouring communities. 

Mentors offer five hours of their time each month to meet up with their mentee. It is an informal relationship, but also carefully tailored to each young person. Together, you’ll  set goals so you have something to work towards. Mentoring relationships last for six months and full training is given.  

Team London and the City of London Corporation have provided initial funding for the City Opportunities Mentoring project. TimeBank will deliver the project in partnership with London South Bank University, which is also running a week long training programme for the young care leavers before they start their mentoring.