Mosaic has hosted a special event to celebrate another successful year of its work in the North West at the Manchester offices of PwC, with Marie Mohan, CEO of Common Purpose UK, as the keynote speaker.
The event celebrated the wonderful achievements of the region, which this year has served 1670 beneficiaries, with 253 volunteers mentors, across 40 schools and prisons. The evening gave a chance for Mosaic’s mentors and mentees from the North West to meet and talk with members of Mosaic’s leadership team and senior supporters from across the region. Guests were also treated to a very special performance by pupils from Plymouth Grove Primary School, who performed a rap about their experiences of participating in Mosaic’s Primary School Programme.
Mustafa and Hassan, the 10-year old students from Plymouth Grove, said after their performance: “Rapping at the Mosaic event tonight has been an awesome experience! We are lucky to have such great mentors who helped us lift our confidence to be able to perform a rap in front of so many people. Our message to other young people is: if you have a chance to be mentored by Mosaic, you should take the chance and you won’t regret it!”
The event also saw the crowning of the North West Regional Mentor of the Year, who will go onto represent the region at the Mosaic Princess Badiya Mentor of the Year Awards. The award was presented to Jodi Hamilton from the One Advice Group, who has been an excellent mentor on the Secondary School programme and has organised multiple world of work visits to her place of work. Highly commended mentors were also celebrated at the event, including Elizabeth Freeman from Manchester Metropolitan University and Amira Badat from OneE Group, who mentored on Mosaic’s Primary and Secondary School Programmes respectively.
The event also celebrated the crowning of the inaugural regional Teacher of the Year award, which went to Shahana Ali from Parrs Wood High School, who has been responsible for taking teams from the school to two consecutive Enterprise Challenge Regional Finals.
On winning her award, Jodi said: “Mentor of the year – well wow! Thank you Mosaic! For me the whole experience has been very rewarding and I want to say thank you especially to the other mentors at the One Advice Group who have also been involved. We make a great team and I continue to learn a lot about my colleagues because of Mosaic. In fact I heard only yesterday that three of the students we mentored at Newall Green High School have either got apprenticeships or jobs, and that makes it all worthwhile. Thanks to Karl at the school who has been incredibly open and receptive, making the whole relationship work. I’ll be back with more mentors from the One Advice Group next year”.
Marie Mohan, keynote speaker and CEO of Common Purpose UK said about the event: “It’s been a pleasure to attend Mosaic’s celebration of a year of effective, vital and inspiring work. I believe that in the North West we’ve some of the most dynamic and ambitious young people in the UK and the efforts of Mosaic’s mentors to support and nurture this potential are clearly working. I could not agree more with Mosaic’s founding principle that culture, geography or economics should be no barrier to success.”
Dr Wakkas Khan, Chairman of Mosaic’s North West Leadership Group, added: “This has been a great opportunity not only to reflect upon and celebrate another successful year supporting young people in the North West but also to thank the dozens of volunteer mentors who make our work possible. Their generosity and commitment allows us to inspire and young people who may otherwise have not met their potential; our mentors are making lives better all over our region and on behalf of the whole Mosaic team I extend to them my sincere thanks.”