The Bright Futures project needs Volunteer Mentors to help YOUNG CARERS achieve their goals and feel more positive about their futures!

During my dad’s illness I struggled at college but my Mentor helped me through that and has also helped me with getting work

Young Carer

Bright Futures is a Devon wide Big Lottery funded project which provides mentors for young carers between the ages of 14 and 17. The project has been running since April 2012 and aims to build the confidence and resilience of young carers across Devon. We are currently looking for volunteers who could offer a few hours a fortnight to support a young carer on a one-to-one basis.

A young carer is a young person who looks after somebody, normally a member of their family, with a disability, long-term illness, mental health problem, or someone who is affected by drug or alcohol misuse. Having the responsibility of a caring role means that young carers may miss out on opportunities and chances to have fun that other young people have. This can affect their aspirations for the future, their personal and social development.

Mentoring involves meeting with a young carer regularly to offer them support with issues that they may be finding challenging, and also to encourage them to take regular breaks from caring, develop new interests and have fun!

Mentoring really helped me as it gave me someone else to talk to and enabled me to take my mind off things

Young Carer

Interested?

All you need is to be a good listener, encouraging, non-judgemental and willing to try new things. Training and on-going support is provided to all volunteers, and full expenses are paid.

As well as providing mentoring, Bright Futures offers a range of support to young adult carers aged 18-24.

For more information:

Please contact  Hannah Abrehart on 07507791019 about becoming a volunteer mentor, or to find out about support for young adult carers.

Email: h.abrehart@westbankfriends.org

www.brightfuturesdevon.co.uk