Up-2-Us were awarded funding of £88,651 for the period of October 2015 to October 2018.
The Trust’s investment in peer mentoring is centred upon providing opportunities for stable and supportive relationships for young people with care experience to help them build loving, healthy, interdependent relationships in the future.
Peer mentoring is a form of one-to-one mentoring that usually takes place between a person who has lived through a specific experience and a person who is new to that experience. Mentors can offer support, encouragement and, where appropriate, guidance and advice. Mostly, they offer a listening ear and a consistent presence.
The six peer mentoring projects funded by Life Changes Trust were due to finish in October 2017, but were extended to October 2018 in order to secure the greatest benefit.
The aim of this project was to develop a creative and individualistic response through peer mentoring for young people in the Greater Glasgow area who could benefit from contact with an adult who had ‘walked in their shoes’.
The project offered opportunities which were different from those available locally and used the long-term mentoring relationship to have a positive influence on young people’s achievements, aspirations and/or general happiness.
Up-2-Us employed a part-time worker who was dedicated to the recruitment of mentors and mentees. As a result, they saw an increase in the number of enquiries to the service, as well as an increase in the number of mentoring matches. This post also allowed the project to focus on recruiting young males to the service, which was one of their objectives.
Through this project, young people with care experience in Strathclyde had increased opportunities to develop positive relationships, gained in confidence to achieve their personal goals, and became more active within their own community.