Mosaic is delighted to announce that Midland Heart, one of the UK’s top housing and care organisations, will once again be coming back to work with Mosaic in the West Midlands across a range of mentoring programmes. Annalisa Lockett, the West Midlands Lead Regional Manager explains: “For the past two years, our relationship with Midland Heart has gone from strength to strength and I am so pleased that we are now working towards the recruitment of mentors to support our programmes commencing in September 2014. This time last year Midland Heart staff were mentoring on our primary and secondary programmes and since then they have taken part in our Enterprise Challenge Competition and hosted a fantastic World of Work visit. Relationships such as these are vitally important to the continued success and growth of the region and I am indebted to Midland Hearts for their continued enthusiasm and support”.
The mutually beneficial partnership not only assists in connecting very successful professionals with young people to help boost their confidence, self-efficacy and employability, but it serves an equally important purpose for the organisation, as Martina Honeyghan, Research and Policy Officer at Midland Heart notes: “Working in partnership with Mosaic West Midlands has given Midland Heart the opportunity to make a positive contribution not only to the schools in the programme but to young people and the communities they belong to; in and around the areas we provide our services. The success the partnership has had is a testament to our staff and it has been great to hear that they continue to find the programmes a truly rewarding experience. We recognise that businesses like us have a big part to play in inspiring the futures of our young people and we look forward to contributing to build on this in as many ways as we can in the future”.
With its wide variety of staff, Midland Heart Mentors have different reasons for joining Mosaic’s mentoring programmes. From wanting to “give something back to young people, to guide them into making the right decisions” [Daniel Bibb, Support Worker Complex Needs Service] through to “becoming a mentor in order to develop my skills, increase my confidence and to help me continue to achieve my career goals” [Laura Quinney, Secondary School Programme Mentor], Mosaic’s programmes help deliver multiple positive outcomes. Sarah Clarke, Acting Head of Lettings and Tenancy Standards and a Primary School Programme mentor says: “Mentoring with Mosaic has been one of the most positive things I have ever done, watching the journey that the girls and mums go on through the course is amazing!”.
When asked what makes a good Mosaic mentor Donna Brown, Eco Senior Programme Delivery Officer reflected: “A Mosaic mentor has the ability to be adaptable to all situations and circumstances, is patience, honest, kind, has a creative mind and is non judgemental”.
Other testimonials from Midlands Heart Staff can be seen below:
Rebecca Lewis, Accommodation Link Worker and Primary School Mentor: “I decided to mentor as I felt I had something to offer, having heard about the opportunity through a career coach. I work with vulnerable adults and understand how vital childhood years are in shaping later life. I was particularly motivated to work with girls and mums as most influences from the media are disturbing to say the least and girl’s need to know that their hearts and minds are what should be recognised. Getting to know the girls at St John’s Primary School was terrific, I was pleased to discover just how strong minded they were and have already formed opinions at such young ages”.
Khushboo Shah, Performance Quality Officer and Secondary School Mentor: “I found the programme very rewarding. I mentored Year 12 girls at Bordesley Green Girls School all of whom were doing very well academically. Many were involved in volunteering work and were in the process of preparing their personal statements for university applications but had not considered how important their voluntary work was. By making them realise how useful their volunteering is made an incredible difference to what they were able to say about themselves. They all seemed to leave with a sense of pride about their achievements which left the mentoring team feeling very positive”.
Daynia Archer, Neighbourhood Services Officer and Enterprise Challenge Mentor: “I choose to mentor on this programme as I was lucky enough to have participated in something similar when I was much younger and learned so many skills about the world of business. I enjoyed tremendously working with the girls and providing practical information as to how business contexts apply even within organisations such as Midland Heart, which is not your traditional bluechip company”.