Developing from the National Community Lottery Fund for ROOTS, we identified key mentors who undertook training in the following areas:
This gave the mentor mams theoretical skills aligning with the practical skills that they already had. This combination ensured that the mentor mams were skilled and equipped in dealing with their new volunteering opportunities.
We applied for further funding from Lottery Awards For All to ensure that we bridged the gap between funding pots.
The mentor mams project has grown phenomenally where we have two key mentor mams. Both have different skill sets and both support one another.
Over the past few months the mentor mams have undertaken fantastic workshops, these include:
These workshops benefited members of the community who attended the sessions.
Mentor mams offers:
Below are some testimonials from the people who have attended our mentor mams sessions
"I'm Carrie, a 36 year old mum of 4 and full time carer to my husband. I have been involved with CYCA for about 5 years, in this time I have learnt many new skills and completed multiple educational courses but over the last year or so I have been volunteering my spare time by delivering workshops and helping out where I can. Before I came to CYCA I was an extremely quiet and anxious person, and would very rarely leave the comfort of my own home but all that has changed due to CYCA staff being so supportive. They have been such a big part of my life for 5 years and given me the confidence to change my life, not only for me but for my family too.
I have thoroughly enjoyed my time as a CYCA volunteer, giving back to the community is the most amazing feeling and huge accomplishment. I have met some amazing people and made new friends along the way, which at one point in my life I would have thought impossible to do but CYCA really helped with every aspect of my life.
I have delivered many different workshops over the last year which include baking skills, cupcake decorating and arts and crafts based sessions. Having the opportunity to pass on my knowledge and skills to others is extremely rewarding, especially when we receive such lovely feed back from the families involved.
CYCA have recently introduced the chance for volunteers to earn Time Credits which is great! Being a large family it can be quite expensive to do family activities and go on days out but time credits really help with that. I have just used some of the time credits that I have earned to get Scarlets rugby tickets, my children are so excited as this is something we wouldn't normally be able to afford.
I am truly grateful to CYCA for such wonderful opportunities, they are inspirational and have always made me believe that I can achieve anything. I'm really excited for what's to come!"
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