Move On was awarded initial funding of £86,732 for the period of October 2015 to October 2018. They were awarded a further £220,029 until September 2022.
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.
Move On wanted to increase the resilience of young people with care experience and enable them to build skills and confidence.
Much of Move On’s mentoring work is about identifying positive, concrete goals that young people are supported to work towards, gathering valuable everyday skills along the way. As a result, outcomes for mentees include increased engagement with employment as well as further or higher education, re-engaging with school, and vocational training. They also experienced increased confidence, improved basic work skills, achieving personal goals and/or improved social networks. In addition to offering considerable support to mentees, Move On has also been training and supporting their mentors, creating new opportunities for them.
Move On was awarded a further £220,029 to continue their mentoring expertise and good practice and to assist in improving a range of outcomes for young people with care experience. They are specifically focussing on supporting Trust-funded Champions Boards to develop mentoring services, providing more targeted mentoring support for young people with care experience who are, or have been, in the youth justice system, and linking mentoring with specific employability work.