Barnardo’s South Ayrshire
Barnardo’s was awarded funding of £79,940 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 purpose of this project was to develop a relationship-based peer mentoring service to support young people with care experience aged 14 – 24 years in South Ayrshire.
The aim was to improve the self-confidence and life skills of young people with care experience so that they had greater capacity to achieve positive destinations. Barnardo’s recruited peer mentors, and provided them with specialised training in order to ensure they were well equipped to meet the needs of young people. They also delivered one-to-one and group support to mentees.
This support of mentors and mentees paid off. Two peer mentors gained their volunteering badges for volunteering with Barnardo’s for more than a year, three mentors secured full time employment with Barnardo’s and two mentees contributed towards Barnardo’s South Ayrshire gaining their Investing in Children Award.