We are very pleased to announce Paul Bellamy is our October Hero of the Month.
What programme have you been mentoring on?
Currently the Secondary School Group Mentoring.
What school did you mentor in?
The Sir John Cass Foundation & Redcoat School in Stepney.
How long have you been volunteering as a Mosaic mentor for?
Around 6 years.
What motivated you to want to become a mentor?
Rather than sitting at work in front of a screen, it seemed like a more productive and beneficial way to use my time.
Please tell us about a particular rewarding or special experience you have had as a mentor?
Difficult to be specific as every session offers something new and rewarding. Little things like a student who finds the confidence to speak up, ask a question or even just listens and takes an interest in what you are saying all make it worthwhile.
What have you learned from your time as a mentor?
When running a session it`s sometimes better to not unduly worry about covering all the planned activities/learning aims and sometimes just run with something specific that’s engaging the students. It`s like life, keep your outlook flexible and adapt as and when you need to.
What have you found challenging about mentoring?
During a session it can be easy to let the more confident students take over, and you must remain aware that you should try and encourage those less willing to participate, to ensure the session is as all inclusive as possible.
And what do you do when you’re not volunteering?
I do enjoy a good Punk rock gig, although I am not as active now in the mosh pit.
Would you recommend being a Mosaic mentor to others?
For sure yes, and I can guarantee that the feeling of satisfaction you personally feel after another great session has concluded, will far outweigh anything else you could have been doing during that time.
What makes a good mentor?
I think the most important thing is commitment to the programme as the students really appreciate and thrive on regular contact with the mentors. It instils in the students a belief that as a mentor you are really interested in them and what they are trying to achieve.
How do you feel about receiving the Hero of the Month Award?
I’m looking forward to receiving the huge cash prize!
If there was only one piece of advice you could give to a young person to achieve success, what would that be?
Don’t work in a Bank…