City Opportunities Mentoring

City Opportunities Mentoring is an exciting new project that matches volunteer mentors working in the City of London with young people who are leaving care.

Leaving care can be a difficult transition for many young people, making them feel uncertain and overwhelmed. They may not have the confidence or networks to access work opportunities, particularly in the City of London.

Mentors will use their skills and experience to support these young people, guiding them through a period of significant change. This may involve helping them build professional networks, complete applications, access internships or work through the university admissions process for example.

The project aims to encourage care leavers to access employment opportunities in the City. It also seeks to create links between those who work in the City of London and those who live in its neighbouring communities.

Mentors offer five hours of their time each month to meet up with their mentee. It is an informal relationship, but also carefully tailored to each young person. Together, you’ll set goals so you have something to work towards. Mentoring relationships last for six months and full training is given.

Team London and the City of London Corporation have provided initial funding for the City Opportunities Mentoring project. TimeBank will deliver the project in partnership with London South Bank University, which is also running a week long training programme for the young care leavers before they start their mentoring.

Who to contact

Rachel Carder
Project Co-ordinator
020 3111 0730

Where to go

Additional Notes

The venue as well as the dates and times are up for the mentor and mentee to decide but it has to be a pbublic space.

Other details

Who can use this service?
Care Leavers
Referral and availability notes

Would you like to have a mentor?

City Opportunities Mentoring can only take mentee referrals from the following London Boroughs at the moment: Southwark, City of London, Tower Hamlets, Hackney, Camden, Islington, Lambeth and Westminster.

If you are interested in referring a young person to the City Opportunities Mentoring project or have any questions, contact the Project Co-ordinator Rachel Carder on 020 3111 0730 or email her at

If you want to be a mentor

Mentors are volunteers aged 25–45 who work in the City of London. They need to commit to supporting a young person for around five hours a month for six months.

The arrangement is flexible: you might want to meet your mentee at weekends and evenings, for example, so it’s a perfect volunteering opportunity if you work full-time.

You don’t need any special skills or experience – time, patience and commitment are most important. Just spending time with a young person - listening and supporting them - will help to build their confidence, self-esteem and networks.