LAC Mentoring Support is a community-based programme supporting young people aged between 10-20 who are ‘looked after’ to develop skills, improve relationships and maximise potential.

The service offers a bespoke and task-focused model of mentoring for young people who are residing in a care placement, or who have prior experience of care placement.

Externs staff engage with young people in a one-to-one relationship, with regular and consistent contact across a six-month period. This creates positive relationships to assist, guide and support young people who are currently in a care placement (residential, kinship, fostering)

The aim of the project is help build capacity and resilience for the young person, as well as provide both emotional and practical support, and develop life and social skills.

The LAC team supported 130 young people across the year, with a range of services which included activity days and events such as go-karting. The team also employed four peer mentors, all of whom have first-hand lived experience of the care system in Northern Ireland.

LOCATION: All Northern Ireland

SUPPORTING: Young People & Families

HOW DO I ACCESS THIS SERVICE? Referrals are made via Social Services


Kirsty McCann (Project Manager),
Mentoring Support Programme,
Extern, Hydepark House,
3 McKinney Road,
BT36 4PE

Tel: 028 9084 0555
Email: [email protected]

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