Mosaic is delighted to announce that the Mosaic Hero of the Month for May 2015 is Debbie Hunt.
We thank Debbie for her outstanding work in helping students realise their potential.
What schools did you mentor in?
Secondary school – Parrswood High School, Manchester
Primary school – St Mary’s Primary School, Manchester
Mosaic Enterprise Challenge – Altrincham Girls School
What motivated you to want to become a mentor?
I have recently changed career after working for many years in a large corporate company who supported Mosaic. I wanted to give something back and work with young people locally. I have been teaching dancing for many years, seeing children grow in confidence and belief, and mentoring with Mosaic seemed a natural parallel.
Please tell us about a particular rewarding or special experience you have had as a mentor?
Seeing the group from Parrswood High School on their World of Work day made me really proud. They were so confident and professional, really listening, learning and asking relevant questions.
What have you learned from your time as a mentor?
Spending an hour a month with these children is so rewarding and I find myself leaving school with a new bounce in my step. Being able to share experiences, encourage them to speak up and share, and to listen to their thoughts without any preconceptions is an amazing thing to do.
What have you found challenging about mentoring?
Nothing really comes to mind – I have had amazing support from Mosaic and Shana in Parrswood, and we have worked together all the way.
And what do you do when you’re not volunteering?
I am my own boss! I am a director of Achieve Change Consultancy, and I work with individuals and businesses, supporting and developing them with all aspects of people change, coaching, mentoring and training. I particularly enjoy my work with employability skills, career transition and coaching with ladies.
Oh and I am passionate about my dancing, my family and friends, and my 2 cats!
Would you recommend being a Mosaic mentor to others?
Absolutely – it is really rewarding. The team in the Manchester office, Anne and Nafisa, organise the training, are hugely supportive, and are there to support you all the way.
What makes a good mentor?
Someone who really wants to support young people grow in confidence and find their own voice. By committing to the programme, you develop a relationship with the group that is key to gaining their confidence. Being happy to try new things and to personally develop is important too.
How do you feel about receiving the Hero of the Month Award?
Pleasantly surprised! It is lovely to be recognised, thank you.
If there was only one piece of advice you could give to a young person to achieve success, what would that be?
Be ‘the best version of you’ that you can be at all times. Believe that you will be successful and don’t be afraid to use the support around you when you need it.