Young carers can talk to each other about any worries or problems you have
The peer mentor project initially started in April 2013 in partnership with BeatBullying where we trained 26 mentors. The training covered both online and face to face mentoring. We held another training session in March 2014 where we trained a further 20 mentors. The BeatBullying programme supported the mentor’s development online, but unfortunately lost their funding for the project.
In November 2014 Carers in Bedfordshire decided to continue the mentoring project with a bigger focus on face to face mentoring in schools and at Carers in Bedfordshire events. We now have 43 peer mentors across Bedfordshire and 29 schools engaged in the project. Mentors currently work both in their schools and at our Kempston clubs.
Read more for our peer mentor meet ups and training dates.
We are constantly working with schools to raise awareness of young carers and the difficulties they face.
Schools we currently have peer mentors in:
Bedford Borough Area
All Saints - Anita Pullen
Beauchamp - Tanya McErleanBedford Free School - Christina Costin-Webb
Bedford Academy - Tara MacDougallBiddenham Upper
Bedford Sixth Form – no lead
Castle Newnham Middle School - Lesley Watts
Fulbrook Middle – Debbie Johnson
Goldington Academy - Nick Robinson
Kempston Challenger Academy - Lynii Gyngel & Mark Thomas
Lincroft Middle School - Cat Johnson
Mark Rutherford School - Lorna Luck
Sharnbrook Upper School - Heather Tennant
St Thomas Moore - John Hopkins
St Andrews School - Hillary Ryan
Wootton Upper School - Laura Thomas
Ivel Valley & West Mid Beds
Etonbury Academy - Kelly Hamitt
Marston Vale Middle School- Amy Archer
Samuel Whitbread - Kelly Parr
Sandy Place Academy – no lead
Stratton Upper School - Richard Scoot
Leighton Buzzard & Chiltern Vale
Houghton Regis Academy - Catherine Carraca
Tithe Farm Primary - Caroline Lacey
Gilbert Inglefield Academy - Kay Webb
Priory Academy - Paul Underwood
Parkfields Middle School - Rachel Worthington
Queensbury Academy – Rachel Mason
Vandyke Upper – Vicky Rusden
If you are a young or sibling carer, aged 10 or over and would like to receive mentoring sessions either at school or at the Kempston club, or would even like to become a mentor, please contact Shelley Hobbs on the details below.