The Revelation ROC+COACH Community Mentoring Scheme provides one-to-one relationship support to low-risk people based in Blackpool with managed mental health conditions and gives them goal-focused support from Christians from the local church.
Our vision is to partner with the local mental health services to offer much-needed individual support and train local volunteers to be effective and compassionate mentors.
In Blackpool, there is a need for peer and volunteer supported mental health services working across the voluntary sector. It was estimated in 2015 that 21% of the population of Blackpool suffered from a common mental health disorder, and for those who are economically inactive, this level is 33% - one in three people. We believe a mentoring scheme would provide additional and effective support to the local mental health services.
Who is involved?
The project is behind headed by local charity, Refreshment UK, and we aim to get local churches involved so that they can provide mentors. Support has been received from ROC (Redeeming Our Communities) who are experienced in running mentoring schemes across the UK.
If we can raise the funding we require, we will be able to employ a project co-ordinator for a day a week to support the mentors, recruit 15 mentors and offer internationally recognised training for the mentors as well as begin the scheme to support people on a one-to-one basis.