Angie mentored with us between 2019 – 2020 and is a Counselling Psychologist by background.
Why did you decide to become a mentor?
I wanted to be able to add value to a young person life, I understand how hard it is at times for vulnerable individuals to be able to get the support that that they need because of funding and resource. Becoming a mentor helps to fill those gaps.
What skills did you gain through your mentoring role?
I learnt to be far more patient and set clear boundaries, and mentoring gave me a wider perspective on the difficulties that some families face.
What was your favourite memory or activity from mentoring?
Seeing my mentee’s face light up when we went to Winter Wonderland, her eyes were so bright and her laughter so loud, it was wonderful.
Another time was as the V&A Children Museum where we did an activity to create a box which we were supposed to leave at the museum for a display, but it was funny how I watched her negotiate with a museum assistant to ask if she could bring her box home. She won, it was great to see the confidence that she had gained.