Mary has been involved with mentoring at Mosaic since 2008. Before then she had experience of mentoring through her work as a life coach and through volunteering for organisations including the Prince’s Trust. She mentored for the Mosaic secondary schools and prisons programmes and she believes that “it’s important to do something where you do give back and you’re offering some service within your community”.
Initially, Mary worked with pupils in years 10 and 11, “raising their aspirations and improving their confidence” before becoming a Lead Mentor, helping to train and work alongside new mentors.
Regular mentoring sessions over the course of several years at the same schools allowed Mary to see how former mentees had benefitted from the programme, which was rewarding.
In prison, her mentee was very receptive to her guidance and advice and soon after his release went on to start his own business. For Mary, the most rewarding aspect of mentoring is the moment when mentees really realise the value of the programme and see that they have acquired lasting and valuable skills – “some lasting imprint”.
To anyone thinking of mentoring, she says that ‘anyone and everyone’ has the ability:“If you’re willing to grow as a person en route then there’s no reason why you can’t do it”.