How does it work?

If you want to be a mentor:

We've had so much interest in the project that we are not able to take on any more mentors at present. 

Mentors on The Switch are volunteers aged 21–40 who live in (or are willing to travel to) Southwark, Lambeth, Lewisham or Croydon. You’ll need to commit to supporting a young person for around five hours a month for 6 –12 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 your mentee - listening and supporting them - will help to build their confidence, self-esteem and social networks.

If you'd like to volunteer as a mentor, please click here to complete the online application form and the Project Co-ordinator Rachel will be in touch soon.

Or you can contact Rachel directly on 020 3111 0730 or email

If you'd like to have a mentor:

At the moment, the project is only open to young people who are accessing Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) in Southwark, Lambeth, Lewisham or Croydon, so you need to be referred by these CAMHS. In future, we hope to extend the project to support young people across London.  

If you are interested in referring a young person to The Switch or have any questions, contact The Switch Project Co-ordinator Rachel Carder on 020 3111 0730 or email If you are a CAMHS professional and would like to refer a possible mentee then please fill out this form and send it to