Celebration Evening for Peer Mentoring and Befriending

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Photo – Madam Mayor, Pudsey, Carer receiving Award Katie Bladon and project leads Naomi Perryman and Olivia Cluley

Carers Trust Solihull hosted a celebration evening for all those involved in a 3 year Children In Need funded, Peer Mentoring and Befriending project.

The project aimed to reduce isolation, improve future opportunities and increase confidence for over 350 young carers across the borough of Solihull, helping them work towards personal goals.  It consisted of young carers becoming Mentors – offering one to one and group mentoring, Volunteer Befrienders – assisting young carers to engage in their community and Young Leaders who supported others to engage in activities.

On the evening Young Carers and Befrienders shared their experiences from the project demonstrating the need and impact. One Mentee shared

“My mentor goes to my school so if I feel like I need to speak to someone I know I can. At my mentoring session, we talk about how my week is. Throughout the past couple of months, she has helped me a lot even though we only see each for an hour. She always manages to make me feel happy and good about myself.”

The Solihull Mayor and Shirley Lions came along to present those involved with certificates of achievement and recognition for all their dedication and hard work. Sharing the sentiment of how proud all involved should be.

Team Manager Gina Ward said

“The project has been a great example of when children – going through similar experiences, bring each other comfort, understanding and life changing advice and support.  We live in a community where children do care and volunteers give their time to support young carers and I was proud to see them rewarded for this on the evening”

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