Information for Referrers
Volunteer Glasgow’s Young Carers Mentoring Service is structured to provide young people aged 11-18 who have care responsibilities for a family member and who live in Southwest or Northwest Glasgow, with a supportive relationship with a volunteer who is recruited, trained and supported by Volunteer Glasgow.
A mentoring match will typically last 12 weeks and will comprise weekly outings with planned activities giving the young carer respite from their care role, opportunities for personal development and support to achieve goals which they have identified.
Volunteers are vetted and will complete training before being matched to the young carer to whom they are best suited. They are then supported throughout their match so that the young carer gains the maximum possible benefit from the service.
Anyone can make a referral – if you know of a young carer who fits the criteria you can
- Have a chat with our Mentoring Support Worker about the service so that any questions you have can be answered and you can talk to the young carer about the service and get their consent for the referral.
- Complete the Referral Document 2016 (MS Word format) – this is designed to give us a good picture of the young carer so that we can be sure that we’re providing the most appropriate service.
- Send us the form – we’ll contact the young carer and their family and arrange to go and talk to them.
We’ll keep you posted about progress and with their permission, the young carer’s progress.
Confidentiality is a major issue in mentoring and volunteers have clear guidance on the policy. Any information remains confidential within the Service except where the welfare and safety of the young person is in question.
Volunteer Glasgow is committed to safeguarding the welfare of all children and young people. We recognises our responsibility to take all reasonable steps to promote safe practice and to protect children from harm, risk of harm, abuse and exploitation.