Help is at hand for care leavers

Macclesfield Express - - CHARITY -

APROJECT which helps sup­port young care leavers is set­ting up in Mac­cles­field.

Pure In­sight helps to tackle lone­li­ness and iso­la­tion among young­sters who have turned 16 and are no longer un­der the care of the lo­cal author­ity.

Young­sters of­ten find this new in­de­pen­dence lonely and stress­ful.

From Jan­uary 2017 there will be a Men­tor­ing Co­or­di­na­tor based in Mac­cles­field, and the char­ity is ap­peal­ing for vol­un­teer men­tors to be­gin train­ing so help is at hand for any young peo­ple from the town.

The project is for young peo­ple aged be­tween 16 and 25.

Claire Bryan, 23, was placed in care when she was just nine years old and spent the rest of her child­hood in fos­ter homes.

She said the help she re­ceived from the Stock­port branch of the project was in­valu­able.

She said: “It’s scary when you come out of care,” said Claire, from Stock­port. “You’re put in this house. It feels like you’re just dumped there.

“You get used to it but it’s hor­ri­ble liv­ing on your own for the first time.”

It was through one of In­sight’s ‘ speed men­tor­ing’ nights in Jan­uary 2015 that Claire was in­tro­duced to her new men­tor Jen­nette Sains.

The pair hit it off im­me­di­ately and now count each other as firm friends.

In the last year Jen­nette has helped Claire with prac­ti­cal liv­ing ar­range­ments, such as find­ing a new house, and sup­ported her through the birth of her sec­ond baby, Holly.

Jen­nette, 43, says be­ing a men­tor has en­riched her life as well as Claire’s.

“Claire and I got on straight away and have be­come more like friends,” she said.

“We’ve done so much fun stuff to­gether too. We’ve been to London and did the Pretty Muddy Run to­gether.”

Jen­nette and Claire are now en­cour­ag­ing other young care leavers and po­ten­tial men­tors to get in­volved with In­sight.

Claire added: “When you have a men­tor you have some­one who’s there for you, like a fam­ily.

“Jen­nette has be­come like an auntie to my chil­dren as well as a friend to me.”

Pure In­sight is re­cruit­ing new men­tors for its next in­take in Septem­ber.

For more in­for­ma­tion, visit purein­sight.org.uk.

Pure In­sight Men­tor Jen­nette Sains with Claire Bryan and her baby Holly

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