Young Carer Volunteer Mentor

About Carers Support Merton Carers Support Merton (CSM) is an independent charity formed in 1991 by a group of local carers. We exist to support unpaid carers from the age of 5 in Merton to stay well and live a fulfilling life. We define a 'Young Carer' as anyone aged between 5-17 that is significantly impacted by the diagnosed health condition, disability or substance misuse of a close relative. This means someone they live with or see on a daily basis.

Young Carers Mentoring Project
Our Young Carers Mentoring Project supports carers aged 10-17 years. We have identified a number of young carers who have, or are at risk of having, harmful/excessive caring responsibilities for a family member. Research has shown that harmful levels of caring can have a negative impact on relationships, education, mental health and physical health. Consultation with young carers has shown a high demand for more emotional support. The aim of Mentoring Project is to provide one-to-one support to young carers.

Role of a Volunteer Mentor

  • To meet and build a trusting relationship with a Young Carer (mentee) aged 10-17 years
  • To provide a source of additional support outside of the school and home environment
  • To research, plan and participate in mentoring activities with the young carer
  • To set and work towards agreed goals
  • To encourage the young person to enhance their personal development and social skills, and to increase their confidence and self esteem

The Qualities of a Good Volunteer Mentor

  • Empathetic to the needs of Young Carers
  • Non-discriminatory
  • Reliable and committed
  • A good communicator and active listener

Commitment
We ask that our Volunteer Mentors commit to the following:

  • To meet with their mentee once a fortnight for 2 hours, over a period of 6-12 months
  • Attend a 2 session (evening) mentoring training programme
  • Complete Child Protection training (online)
  • Attend quarterly review meetings with the Mentoring Coordinator and provide feedback after each mentoring session
  • Submit a short online summary after each mentoring session
  • Undergo an Enhanced DBS check

Benefits
In addition to a monthly allowance for activities, and travel expenses being reimbursed, you will benefit from the following:

  • The opportunity to help a Young Carer to build their confidence and achieve their goals
  • Gain experience working with Young Carers
  • Free training in Mentoring and Child Protection
  • Ongoing support from the Mentoring Coordinator 

Apply Here: info@csmerton.org