We pair trained, highly skilled volunteers to work for a year with children and young people.
Pairs work on a wide range of things which support greater wellbeing, a sense of belonging, and help people to settle into their new area. Mentors are supported by a supervisor and a peer group.
We support those people who are most isolated, through a 3-6 month visiting relationship with a trained volunteer or staff member.
Pairings meet regularly (at least once a fortnight) and work together to identify and co-address the complex issues which restrict people’s ability to self-advocate and access the support they need.
Relationships can last from 6 weeks to a year, dependant on the goals set. As with all areas of our work the focus in these relationships is to help people feel empowered and work with them through challenges they are facing.
CARAS’s Advocacy Project runs every Wednesday between 9am – 1pm.
We work with people to understand their options when it comes to bills, debt, housing and legal (immigration) problems.