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SWITCH Mentoring project seeks volunteers and referrals, to make a difference to people experiencing homelessness.

[8 September 2016]
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The SWITCH project, which supports people experiencing homelessness by matching them with mentors, is enjoying some early success. The project now has 6 volunteer mentors that have undergone initial training, and the first working-relationships between mentors and their mentees are developing well.

The project is now looking for further volunteers, it's a great opportunity for people to give a bit of stability and support to those whose life may be a little chaotic. Each volunteer mentor receives training, helping them to understand more about homelessness and related issues, safe volunteering practices, and an overview of support available in the city. Time commitments to the project can be as little as a couple of hours a week - perhaps just a social cuppa or walk in the park with a mentee - and SWITCH staff are always available to offer further support. Volunteer mentors will enjoy an informal but rewarding experience, and the outcomes for the people they're supporting could be truly life-changing.

SWITCH staff would also like to hear from organisations who may now refer clients for support.

Ben Murphy is the Project Lead for SWITCH, and explains more in this short audio interview:
SWITCH can be contacted as follows:

Telephone: 01482 595501