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Over 50s wanted for mentoring scheme

December 3, 2018 1:57 PM
By Your WC

People over 50 are invited to join a scheme that pairs older mentors with care leavers who might benefit from advice, guidance and friendship.

The Grandmentors project, which is partially funded by Wiltshire Council, recruits, trains and supports mentors who use their skills and experience to support young people through the tricky transition into adulthood and independence

The idea has proved useful elsewhere. In Islington, 95% of young adults who were paired with an older mentor found a place in full-time education, training or work soon after leaving care. That is twice the national average.

Jason Jones from Volunteering Matters, the charity that runs Grandmentors, said: "We are delighted to team up with Wiltshire Council."

"I've seen the impact that volunteers can have on young people in the Grandmentors projects in London and know that there are many people over 50 across Wiltshire who have valuable skills and experience that could really benefit a young care leaver."

Volunteering Matters is running the scheme on behalf of Wiltshire Council and is looking for volunteers. If you would like to find out more contact Hannah Wiseman at Volunteering Matters on 07741322544.