City Opportunities Project
City Opportunities Mentoring was an exciting project that matched volunteer mentors working in the City of London with young people who were leaving care
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 used their skills and experience to support these young people, guiding them through a period of significant change. This involved helping them build professional networks, complete applications, access internships/apprenticeships or work through the university admissions process for example.
The project aimed to encourage care leavers to access employment opportunities in the City. It also sought to create links between those who work in the City of London and those who live in its neighbouring communities.
Mentors offered five hours of their time each month to meet up with their mentee. It was an informal relationship, but also carefully tailored to each young person. Together, they set goals to have something to work towards. Mentoring relationships lasted for six months and full training was given.
Team London and the City of London Corporation provided initial funding for the City Opportunities Mentoring project. TimeBank delivered the project in partnership with London South Bank University, which also ran a week long training programme for the young care leavers before they start their mentoring.