The Rock Trust
The Rock Trust was awarded funding of £90,000 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 provide peer mentoring support for young people with care experience, aged 15 to 21, in the West Lothian area, to develop the social, emotional and practical skills they needed to embark on the complex transition from care to independent adult living.
Specific activities included the recruitment, training and ongoing support of peer mentors and delivery of one-to-one and group support to mentees. The Rock Trust also developed workshops which covered issues such as confidence building, dealing with stress or worry and decision making. These provided young people within the project with opportunities to build skills and meet other care experienced young people. Additionally, the project facilitated Mentor Team Meetings which offered trained mentors the opportunity to take part in reflective practice discussions, share their skills and experience, and benefit from short informal training inputs.
As a result, young people were more engaged in their community, had increased confidence to access services, and had more opportunities to develop positive relationships and social networks.