Chamber calls for business mentors

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Business people are set to hear how mentoring can change the lives of young people in care and care leavers.

The Dorset Chamber Life Skills project will give details about its Business Mentoring Programme at a breakfast meeting on December 2.

Dorset Chamber launched the project to help transform the life chances of young people in care and care leavers.

Dorset Chamber chief executive Ian Girling said: “Statistics show that young people in care and care leavers are often disadvantaged and their life chances are significantly worse than for young people in general.

“Our Dorset Chamber Life Skills project aims to provide much needed life skills and employability support for these young people so they can live their best lives.

“A key part of this is our Business Mentoring programme and I would encourage anyone interested in helping young people fulfil their potential to come along.

“There will be information as well as first hand insights to illustrate just how the programme can really make a difference.”

Dorset Chamber Life Skills is seeking 20 people from the business community to provide mentoring support for young people. Full training and support will be given, including safeguarding training.

Careers and employability experts Ansbury Guidance will outline the mentoring programme, training and support at the event.

The event is from 8.30am to 10am and is free to all businesses.

Dorset Chamber launched its project as part of its 70th anniversary celebrations in the summer for young people aged 13 to 25.

It says that latest statistics show a 27 per cent rise in the number of children and young people in care in the county, up to 485.

Visit the events section of the Dorset Chamber website to find out more and attend the breakfast at