‘Change Your World’ with Brighter Futures

brighter_futures.pngThis Brighter Futures programme will last six months and bring together up to 24 unemployed people with a history of mental illness. It will help them to develop the practical skills and knowledge to be able to mentor each other in a highly supported and friendly environment.

     They will help each other to identify and pursue personal goals through regular peer mentoring. Examples of goals could include attending peer support groups, going to an activity at Converge, college or seeking paid or voluntary employment. The course is led by a guidance professional with experience in mentoring and coaching.

     The training will include 10 group sessions with the first six equipping participants in mentoring skills and the final four distributed over the following five months looking at topics identified by the participants. These could include, for example, information on benefits, college opportunities, CV and   interview workshops.

     During the last 5 months participants will be partnered with a peer mentor and mentee and will meet at least once a month with each partner. There will also be a number of opportunities for one to one meetings with the facilitator to provide    further ongoing support.

     As the participants are all potentially vulnerable adults DBS (formerly CRB) disclosure at enhanced level is required.

     Funding for the project has been through Your Consortium, the European Social Fund and the Skills Funding Agency.


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