Starting Together is an exciting project that matches volunteer mentors with young women leaving care.
This is a transition that can leave care leavers feeling uncertain and overwhelmed. Young women may be particularly vulnerable and susceptible to risks such as anxiety, depression, teenage pregnancy or unemployment. Support from a mentor at this time can make a huge difference to their emotional wellbeing and offer practical help with independent living.
Mentors will use their skills and experience to assist these young women, guiding them through a period of significant change.
Mentors offer five hours of their time each month to meet up with their mentee. This might involve going out for coffee or enjoying a hobby together. It is an informal relationship, but also carefully tailored to each young woman. You will jointly set goals at the beginning of the relationship, so you have something to work towards. Mentoring relationships last for six months and full training is given.
Starting Together is funded by The Maudsley Charity. It is run in partnership with Southwark Council (the Leaving Care and Child and Adolescent and Mental Health teams) and the Health Service and Population Research Department at King's College, London.
We've had so much interest in the project and some truly great mentor relationships, but the programme has sadly come to a close. Have a look at our other mentor programmes if you're interested in volunteering.