As a qualified Social Worker I have worked in different areas before joining The Island in 2009 as the Mentoring Co-ordinator. I am passionate about working with children and young people and know that through our volunteering mentoring programme we are changing the lives of those we work with one heart at a time! We also make a difference in the lives of their families, their schools and in their communities.
I have worked in Youth work since 2006 and began as a Volunteer Mentor supporting a young boy who was aged 13 at the time.
I have been based at The Island now since 2013 and my role as Mentor Officer allows me the opportunity to supervise mentors, but also still have active engagement with families and young people. I am also fortunate enough that I have been given the opportunity to develop the North and South Island Groups allowing us the opportunity to engage young people earlier and offer some lightweight informal support whilst they wait allocation of a one to one mentor.
Project Leader for School-Based Mentoring
My role is to oversee all of The Island’s group provisions as well as coordinating the school-based mentoring programme. Our wonderful school-based volunteer mentors help me run the classes, which have been designed to raise the confidence and self-esteem of the children who use our services. I am passionate about working with young people, which is why I’m also studying an NVQ Level Three in Playwork as well as a certificate in working with SEND in schools.
Play and Support Worker
I have been working as part of The Island team for two years now and am employed as the Play and Support Worker. I co-ordinate the running of North and South Island, two youth groups that provide additional support to children and young people awaiting allocation of a mentor, and to those young people who have finished with their mentor but could do with extra support. I am lucky to have lots of face to face contact with a lot of the young people we work with, as well as having good relationships with the families. I also organise events where mentors and their mentees are able to come along and take part in an activity whilst being able to meet other mentors and mentees.