A charity is launching a new service in Fife aiming to help young people to adjust to life in the adult community.
Aberlour Lifeworks Fife is a new initiative from the children’s charity based at West Mill Bridge in Kirkcaldy and is being funded by the Big Lottery Fund and Fife Council and will be working with 150 young people from across Fife over the next five years.
Jill Robb, assistant service manager, said the aim of the service was to help young people aged 14 or over make the transition from care to independence.
“Lifeworks will aim to help those who have been or are still in care with a whole range of issues.
“We’ll offer advice and support on employment, tenancies, relationship or simply managing a budget.”
Young people will work with staff and adult volunteer mentors who will aim to help them with a secure grounding as they move on in life.
“Some of these young people haven’t had the best start and now feel isolated within their community. We want to help them build a social network which will helpfully help them to gain confidence to empower them.”
The funding, £608,000, will be spent on those whose needs are not being met by current statutory services. “We’ve recognised there is a need for this service as unfortunately some youngsters slip through the gap.”
Lifeworks currently runs with four full-time members of staff and will look to secure mentors to work with young people and build strong relationships.
One of the mentors, keyworker Katrina Mitchell has worked with 22 year old Ross and Kari (28). Ross said that he has struggled to work within a budget and has been receiving help.
“I struggled with money but Katrina has helped me. I’m going to open a credit union account to help me budget and save and then I’ll be looking to get a flat.
Kari says that the resources offered by the service are a big help. “I’m a full-time mum and I’ve been getting help with volunteering because I’d like to get into child care. I don’t ask for money but I’ve been getting help in lots of other ways.”
For more information on the service or to volunteer as a mentor visit www.aberlour.org.uk.
From care to college
Kacey (22) left school with no qualifications - something she now regrets.
“I want to get my GSCEs and Katrina is going to help me get ready for my college interview with things like the application.
“I’d like to become a child protection officer or maybe join the police eventually.
“The support on offer here is helping me move forward.”