Trusted Mentor team on hand at Doncaster Pride

Doncaster Child Exploitation team and the Doncaster Children’s Services Trust newly-established Trusted Mentor Team will be on hand at Doncaster Pride later this month, to show their support to the LGBT community and to spread their messages.

The role of the multi-agency Child Exploitation team, involving members of the Doncaster Children’s Services Trust, RDaSH (Rotherham, Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust) and the Police, is to raise awareness of child exploitation among the borough’s adults and children and to advise them on how to prevent and report it.

Meanwhile, members of the Trust’s new Trusted Mentor Team will be encouraging people to join their team to help around 300 children and young people to raise their aspirations - and to plan a realistic course of action towards achieving their goals.

The teams will each have a stall as part of the Rainbow Market at the annual Pride event, on Saturday 17 August, in Sir Nigel Gresley Square, Waterdale. The day will involve a parade, starting and finishing at the Civic Centre on Waterdale, from 1pm; the market stalls; and non-stop entertainment from the main stage.

Doncaster Children’s Services Trust Chief Executive Paul Moffat said: “The Pride event is a wonderful platform for Doncaster to show its support of the LGBT community and we are pleased to put our voice behind that.”

Carmel Bartlett, Senior Education Welfare Officer with the Child Exploitation Team, said: “It is essential that people know how to spot the signs of Child Exploitation and who to turn to for help. We will have lots of information for people to take away and we are happy to arrange to talk to people in confidence about any issues or concerns they have.”

Cheryl Blackett, Trusted Mentors Project Manager said: “We would love to meet people who would like to volunteer with us. They will be given full training and support and will be matched to a child or young person who would like a bit of help in realising their aspirations. We’re really keen to recruit volunteers from diverse communities so that we can provide the best possible support to children”

“Volunteers are the best. People don’t understand or realise how much time and effort it takes to make their young person feel safe and trust them.”

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