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Peer Mentors


Could you be a young carer peer mentor?

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.

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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

Weatherfield Academy

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.

Shelley Hobbs
Shelley Hobbs

Shelley Hobbs

Young Carer Support Worker & Peer Mentor Lead
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