On Saturday 16th April 2010, a group of Mosaic Mentors from Westminster City treated their mentees to lunch and a competitive afternoon of bowling, with a surprise visit from James Caan! The mentees had shown their hard work and commitment during the mentoring session, and the mentors thought this would be the best way to reward them for their hard work.
Lead Mentor Uzair Bawany said “Taking the kids outside their normal school environment is essential for mentors to build on the relationship and engender feelings of trust and openness. I think it really helps to break down the barriers which ultimately gives students and mentors a much better experience of the whole programme. I also think it works as an incentive for students to attend the sessions, knowing that there is some outside fun activities planned and I am sure it helps them to engage with their mentors and the Mosaic concept as a whole. James Caan’s impromptu brief visit and motivational talk was the real icing on the cake! Thanks Hanah.”
The day was a great success and both mentors and mentees enjoyed the bowling matches; a perfect way to end the mentoring journey.
Mentee Roqueeb Ajibola said ” It was a fun and exciting trip considering I haven’t done bowling for a while. It was an excellent bonding experience and it brought everyone together, while mentee Anas Lachgar “really enjoyed the trip because I got a chance to bond with my peers outside school and with my mentors.”
Hannah Caan, who organised the trip, stated “I really enjoyed spending time with the mentees outside of our usual mentoring sessions, during our bowling event and I thought it was a real chance to relate to them on a different and more personal level!”
Mosaic would like to extend their gratitude to the mentors, mentees and teachers from Westminster City. Thank you to all the mentors who are a real inspiration and we appreciate your time and dedication throughout your mentoring sessions.
Read more about Mosaic mentoring here