Youth Voice have successfully trained 10 peer mentors. These young people will support newer members joining Youth Voice, enhance their confidence; safely share their lived experiences; create digital media and information around being homeless; and develop their coaching and mentoring skills.
Youth Voice peer mentors are funded by Landaid Young Voices and received a grant for £15,000. This enabled youth voice members to attend a 3-day residential, acquire a level 2 qualification in life skills and develop skills and knowledge around becoming a peer mentor and positive role model. They will later attend PIE (Psychologically Informed Environment) training with Dr Amanda Skeate.
The Youth Voice peer mentors training consisted of reflective practice; looking at what skills and qualities they posses to become a positive peer mentor; ways in which supporting a mentee would be beneficial to both them and the mentee; as well as looking at legislation surrounding safeguarding and risk; and developing team building skills.
“The more young people can be engaged in making decisions about their own lives, their environment, and their communities, the more likely they are to successfully move into independence.”- Landaid
Well done everyone!