HRH The Prince of Wales has attended the annual report back event for the Seeing is Believing (SIB) programme.
Taking place at Business in the Community’s AGM on 6 February, the event saw business leaders including Mosaic SIB leader, David Harris, Co-CEO of Hogan Lovells LLP, report back about the visits they had attended throughout 2013.
The programme was established in 1990 by HRH The Prince of Wales to give business leaders first-hand experience of the pressing social and environmental issues facing communities and the powerful role of business to address them. Since then, over 8,000 business leaders have taken part.
The delegates fed back to HRH on the impact that the programme is having on some of the most pressing social issues in the UK’s most deprived areas.
Many of Mosaic’s mentors work in London and are supported by their employers to take the time to volunteer with young people. They find that mentoring is not only rewarding for the students but that it offers huge personal development opportunities for the mentors themselves.
The enthusiasm and level of support from the delegates at this year’s event was exceptional. The inspirational leadership of David Harris during a Mosaic SIB visit explored the real challenges facing young people, in particular young girls, and helped to galvanise delegate support into a number of very valuable commitments.
Irfan Ravat, partner at Ravat and Ray Dental Care, has been involved with Mosaic for nearly a year now. He committed five managers from his company to act as mentors on the mentoring programme during the event, with a view to opening this up to all members of staff in the organisation in the near future. Feeding back on his school visits, Irfan said:
“It was clear that all the staff, parents and pupils were on board and that is why it was working so well. Schools such as these already have good leadership and are working hard to address the issues around social inequality. However, the mentoring experience of our managers was nothing like what we saw yesterday. The school they were allocated did not really engage… It would be interesting to see what strategies Mosaic has in place to deal with schools such as this one.”
Shamiq Ismail, orthodontist at Herts Orthodontics, visited two schools in November to see the Mosaic Primary School Programme in action. He said:
“The ability to involve senior generations in the education process of their children must be applauded, and it was visibly evident that a number of the mothers present found the session stimulating. Hopefully this will encourage the mothers to not only assist their daughters to progress further with their education, but also create a desire within themselves to seek further education.”
Since the SIB visit in November, Mosaic has been working with individual delegates on ways they can help tackle the issues raised during the visit.
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