Hogan Lovells is a multinational law firm that has an ongoing relationship with Mosaic. As of 2016, 20 members of staff have been mentoring across schools in London and Birmingham, supporting both the Primary School and Enterprise Challenge programmes.
In the capital, 11 mentors have been supporting pupils at Thomas Buxton Primary School, with another six supporting students at Elizabeth Garrett Anderson School through Mosaic’s flagship programme, the Enterprise Challenge.
The London offices of Hogan Lovells also hosted this year’s Enterprise Challenge Grand Final, with the ongoing support of Yasmin Waljee OBE, International Pro Bono Director at Hogan Lovells and Mosaic Vice Chairman.
Three members of staff in Hogan Lovells’ Birmingham office have been mentoring in local primary schools, including Abbey Simmons, a lawyer in the firm’s Real Estate team. She has been working with a group of 10-year-old pupils at St George’s C of E Academy Primary School.
Abbey explained: “All of the girls have fantastic personalities and it is a real pleasure to see them grow and change with each session that I attend. There are a few girls with confidence issues but they are really becoming more confident.
“It is a wonderful feeling being part of the Mosaic community and I look forward to every Monday because I know that I will get to spend an hour with some very bright, interesting and funny people! I have learnt that even a short time can make a real difference to children. Being able to mentor the children made me think that there is more to life than work.”
Anwen Jones, Office Manager in Hogan Lovells’ Birmingham office, has been mentoring at St George’s C of E Academy Primary School and Chilwell Croft Academy Primary School in the city, supporting a group of 10 schoolgirls aged 9-11.
She said: “They are a mixed group of schoolgirls in terms of ability and confidence, and it is apparent that some have more opportunity to participate in activities in or out of school than others. Making them all feel important and inclusive is a vital role of the programme, opening their eyes to the opportunities available post education.
“The girls have grown in confidence as the weeks have gone by and we all look forward to seeing them each Monday. Their mothers have also grown in confidence and can see the benefit of Mosaic’s programme directly impacting on their daughters.”
Anwen added: “If you have an opportunity to be involved with Mosaic then say yes! It is a chance to give back to the local community, prove you can make a difference to someone’s life by helping them with their skills and opening their eyes to opportunities around them.”