Mentors and regional business leaders gathered recently for the West Midlands end of year event, which took place at the offices of KPMG in Birmingham.
Keynote speaker was entrepreneur Joel Blake, founder and MD of Cultiv8 Solutions. The event was compered by BBC journalist Poonam Taneja.
Other special guests at the event included Aaqil Ahmed, Head of Commissioning – Religion TV and Head of Religion and Ethics at the BBC; Shabir Nawab – founder and principal of Shabir Nawab & Co., a family-run accountancy practice which has been trading in the heart of the Midlands business community since the late seventies and Andy Argyle, Head of KPMG Midlands Public Sector practice.
Guests at the event were also treated to a special performance by girls and mums from Arden Primary School.
There have been some outstanding achievements in the West Midlands during the past academic year, including:
- Working with 48 schools across Birmingham, Coventry, Wednesbury, Chelmsley Wood, Wolverhampton, Walsall and Dudley
- Thanks to the support of over 250 mentors, our programmes have impacted on the lives of over 1300 beneficiaries
- Harborne Academy representing the West Midlands at the Enterprise Challenge 2015 Grand Final in London
Joel Blake, who spoke about his own personal experience with mentoring, said:
“Mentoring is a really important part of any child’s development, and today was a perfect example of an organisation that is committed that a reality for so many people out there who probably will never get the chance otherwise.
“Listening to the young girls from Arden Primary School and from some of the mentors showed the movement speaking about how we have to give back to the next generation of young people and show them that there is another way, a better way. The whole experience was humbling and amazing and a proud moment to be involved with Mosaic.”
Mr Blake also presented a number of outstanding mentors with awards. Kirstie Pollard, Shakil Butt, Amran Majid, Nasrin Akhtar, Shabir Ahmed, Sarah Owen and Joey Islam were all recognised for their individual mentoring achievements.
Mentor Nabila Zulfiqar was presented with the Mosaic West Midlands Mentor of the Year. Nabila who has mentored on four secondary programmes, hosted six World of Work visits at her place of work, has been an inspirational speaker and even undertaken a fundraising fitness challenge will now represent the West Midlands at the Annual HRH Princess Badiya Mentor of the Year Awards, where all regional finalists will be invited to attend an exclusive ceremony.
“This was a lovely surprise! I enjoy mentoring and truly believe that we should spend just little of our time thinking about how we can help the younger generation to achieve to their fullest potential. Thank you Mosaic for the recognition.”