YPeople was awarded funding of £89,460 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.
YPeople’s ‘YPeer’ project aimed to develop a relationship-based peer mentoring service that would support young people with care experience aged 14 – 26 years in Glasgow to improve the confidence, self-esteem and motivation of other young people with care experience. It provided a community-based service, aimed at building safe and trusting relationships, using peer mentoring.
Mentors and staff at YPeople worked hard to build trusting relationships with care experienced young people in the knowledge that a good mentoring relationship can make a huge difference to a young person and their future.
The commitment of mentees and their mentors to making real progress was reflected in the way young mentees talked about themselves, giving increasingly positive responses to questions about how involved they were in positive activities, whether they were listened to and whether they felt they could take control of their own lives.
YPeople were listed as finalists in the 2017 Chartered Institute of Housing Excellence Awards and were proud recipients of a Project Quality Award from Scottish Mentoring Network.