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Fitzrovia Youth in Action

Fitzrovia Youth in Action (FYA), Mind in Camden and the Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust have formed a partnership to co-produce peer mentoring initiatives with a range of schools and youth clubs in Camden. The programme will train young people as mentors to offer time-limited peer mentoring relationships to children and young people who are at least two years younger.
Peer mentors will support mentees help themselves to do life-enhancing things, such as improve their problem-solving skills, reduce isolation and increase their self-confidence. Peer mentors will also benefit from increased skills in team work, communication and leadership.
By the end of the first year, we aim to have worked with 8 schools or youth clubs, trained 80 peer mentors, and engaged 160 mentees over 480 sessions.
We will be co-producing the training and service with young people, so that it is geared towards their needs, and is youth-led, flexible, fun and safe for all young people involved. Method, a design consultancy, will be working on the project to ensure that young people’s voices are incorporated at all stages and influence the design and delivery of the work.

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