Grandmentors Guide Care Leavers in Folkestone

Published on February 1st, 2017


Education | Health and Well Being | Support for the Community

Grandmentors, a volunteer project that matches volunteers aged 50+ with care leavers for regular mentoring sessions, has launched in Folkestone, Kent.

The project, which recently received a grant from the Roger De Haan Charitable Trust, is run by national charity Volunteering Matters.  The scheme already exists in London and has had much success in supporting young care leavers and arming them with the skills and confidence they need to succeed in life.

The older volunteers, or Grandmentors, share their life and career experience with care leavers, acting as positive role models in their mentee’s life and helping them to improve their career prospects.

The project has helped to improve the lives of NEET (not in education, employment or training) care leavers in London, enabling them to make a meaningful contribution to society and become economically independent.

Ben Robinson, Grandmentors Project Co-ordinator for Folkestone, said: “I’m very excited for the launch of Grandmentors in Folkestone. The project has been a great success in London – improving the lives of young care leavers and providing older mentors with a fantastic opportunity to put their wisdom and experience to good use.

If you are interested in becoming a Grandmentor, or if you are a care leaver in need of support, please do get in touch and we will do our best to set up a mentoring relationship for you.”

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