On 6th February 2013, the Mosaic Yorkshire network gathered at Habib’s Restaurant in Bradford for a three course meal to thank Mentors from across its four programmes: Primary, Secondary, Ex-Offender and Enterprise Challenge Mentoring.
The dinner provided a fantastic opportunity to network and also to celebrate the achievements that have been made since the start of the academic year 2012/13. It was also be an opportunity to really say thank you to Yorkshire Mentors for their time and their commitment to Mosaic.
Saqib Akram, a teacher from Belle Vue Girls School and Regional Leadership Group member said of the evening: “What a fabulous event! Great to see so many professionals working collectively to empower and motivate the younger generations and build their confidence and self-esteem.”
Yorkshire’s two regional heroes of the month: Faith James, a solicitor and Shakeel Nazir, an IT Specialist both from International Law firm DLA Piper, (pictured with Zulfi Hussain and Sarah Khan Bashir) were awarded a certificate in recognition of their hard work.
Regional Co-Chairs Zulfi Hussain and Sarah Khan Bashir spoke passionately about the positive impact that mentoring is having on young people in the region, and why people should volunteer their time as mentors. Mr Hussain added: “I have great hopes for what we can achieve in Yorkshire over the next academic year. The best really is yet to come.”
During the evening, Superintendent Mabs Hussain announced the launch of the offender mentoring Programme in the region. In a unique partnership, Mosaic is working with West Yorkshire Police, HMP Leeds and HMP Wealstun to match volunteers in the region with offenders who would benefit from targeted support to help prevent them from reoffending.
We are actively recruiting female mentors for the primary school programme and male and female mentors for our ex-offender mentoring programme.