With local services for young people increasingly stretched during these trying times, there is understandably a worry about both the mental health toll and any resulting isolation. A situation that can be worse for those in care or without the family support network that we might take for granted.
To combat this, Valicity Healthcare Services, a provider of three homes in the Bradford area recently began exploring creative solutions to support those young people in its care by reaching out to leaders in the local community with a challenge. To provide support and at the same time inspiration to the younger generation in its time of need.
The Valicity Befriending and Mentoring Scheme looked to bring a selection of these local influencers into the care homes for a series of informal chats. In the first instance, to break down barriers and remove the stereotypes that might have built up for both groups but after, to encourage and inspire through positive discussion and opportunity.
With monthly access to different mentors, the sessions were to be as widely appealing as possible. Critically, boosting the confidence of the young people present when it might be in short supply.
The programme has had immediate success, raising aspirations in partnership with The Martin Luther King Initiative (mlkinitiative.co.uk) to offer a management scholarship to a resident, Adam*, with a leading local construction company, Steelhouse Developments.
Adam’s* mentor, Regal Foods PLC (rfplc.com) founder and owner, Younis Chaudhry, commented. “We’ve supported local initiatives before, but on this particular occasion, the primary concern was to make the most impact for the young people involved. We found that by identifying the key candidates quickly, simple advice or actions could affect massive change. These young people then went on to inspire others.” He continued. “Seeing the transformation in Adam* and what’s possible has inspired me and my involvement with the scheme. I’m excited to see where the results may lead.”
Valicity Care Services founder Clayton Bryce said. “We take every opportunity to involve the local community as this helps young people to stay connected to the areas in which they live. It’s encouraging to see mentors step forward who not only have the ability to inspire and enthuse but that have deep local roots too.” He adds. “This all helps to ensure that the rewards from transformations return directly into local businesses and organisations.”
Our primary concern was to make the most impact for the young people involved.
It’s encouraging to see mentors step forward who not only have the ability to inspire and enthuse but that have deep local roots too.
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