Mosaic is pleased to announce that employees from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) will continue to support Mosaic’s Primary and Secondary School Programmes in Birmingham and Wolverhampton as part of its community volunteering programme.
Designed to support local and national charities across England Scotland and Wales, the Community 10,000 DWP initiative, encourages its employees to develop their own personal and professional skills through volunteering as mentors for programmes like Mosaic’s where they can inspire young people and their families to achieve the best they can.
The decision to extend the partnership with Mosaic follows a successful first year which saw a number of DWP employees mentoring on Mosaic’s programmes. Opportunities to mentor on Mosaic’s programmes in the North West and London will also be made available to staff.
Commenting on the partnership, Kate Thompson, Volunteer Manager at DWP said: “I hoped that volunteers would make a difference and have a rewarding experience, I have been extremely impressed by the Mosaic programmes and feedback from volunteers has been very positive. I hope the partnership continues for many years.”
Jonathan Freeman, Mosaic’s National Director said “We are really pleased that DWP have decided to extend their partnership with Mosaic and that their staff are seeing the personal and professional benefits that mentoring young people as part of programmes can offer them. I would like to thank everyone at DWP for their very kind support and look forward to growing the partnership in other parts of the country in the coming years.”
Jackie Hulme, from DWP’s Client Services team and a mentor on Mosaic’s Primary School Programme said “I would definitely recommend being a Mosaic mentor, I’ve enjoyed the interaction between myself and the girls immensely, influencing each other, learning different things about them as well as myself. It’s been very fulfilling knowing I may have encouraged them on their life pathway!”
Sarah Massey, Operational Manager at DWP and a mentor on Mosaic’s Secondary School Programme said of her experience: “I think I actually got quite a bit more from my mentoring experience than I thought I would. I was totally impressed with the skills and motivation of some of the girls I met and I must say their will to succeed in life gave me “hope” for the future of society. So often you hear “bad press” about young people, especially teenagers, my time at Bordesley green Girls School totally changed my view.”
Other testimonials from DWP Staff can be seen below:
Lorraine Luie, a mentor on the Primary School Programme:
“We all have a level of unconscious bias within us and it is good to undertake anything that takes us out of our comfort zone and challenges our thinking. I would recommend Mosaic mentoring because there is always another perspective, other life experiences and sometimes the same life experiences – then it is good to share and encourage”.
Bev Burton, a mentor on the Secondary School Programme:
“I would, and have recommended, Mosaic’s mentoring programme to others in my office. Being a Mosaic mentor gives me, my skills, and my abilities, a feeling of worth and value”.
Anjana Chavda, a mentor on the Primary School Programme:
“After I became part-time at the DWP, I wanted to something extra with my time. My colleagues who have been Mosaic mentors spoke about how much they had enjoyed being mentors and gave me all information needed. Since beginning mentoring, I’ve had so many rewarding experiences! One that stands out is when one of the mothers at Hobmoor School told me that she did not have many friends, and she loved attending as she liked talking to me.”