In our mentoring programme, unaccompanied refugees/asylum seekers aged between 16 and 18 years are each matched up with two medical student volunteers. Referrals come from care coordinators or social workers who identify those young people with increased needs or who feel socially isolated. The volunteers then meet with their mentees regularly (every 1-2 weeks) over an extended period of time. The aim is to identify specific goals that a young person might want to achieve – this can be related to their education, social integration, health, and wellbeing, for example – and to support them in achieving their goals.
You can view our mentoring agreement and crib sheet for mentors below:
All volunteers must have completed a Safeguarding Children Level 2 certificate in order to participate. In addition, volunteers must have a DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check completed before working with the young people, which is usually completed by the Medical School as part of their entry requirements.