West Midlands Police has been working in partnership with us for the last couple of years. Mosaic’s involvement with the force initially started with them offering World of Work visits to our young people, but more recently, West Midland Police staff have been volunteering on Mosaic’s primary and secondary school mentoring programmes.
Superintendent Sue Southern commented: “We are proud to support the work of Mosaic and make a difference to the lives of disadvantaged young people. Police Officers and Staff are often seen as positive role models in society and so mentoring and having a direct impact on young people is a valuable opportunity for us to give back to society in a less conventional way.
The Mosaic programmes are a fantastic inspirational & rewarding experience for both mentors and mentees. We all have a responsibility to invest in our futures and we can achieve this by investing in the future leaders of tomorrow.”
When asked what motivated them to become Mosaic Mentors, Trainer Rachel Dean eagerly commented: “When I first heard about Mosaic, I had just returned to work following maternity leave and felt like I needed a challenge from the norm. I am a qualified mentor within the force, and work predominantly as a trainer and knew that I could put these skills to the test, assist in my CPD and help others outside of the organisation.
Mentoring on the Primary School Programme and working with the children and mothers has been inspirational. Initially they were all very quiet and self-conscious, however after a couple of weeks of mentoring they have started to come out of their shells and are engaging really well in the activities and discussions and throwing themselves into the workbooks!
One of the mothers has had a real impact on me. Her willingness to learn for the sake of her children and the effort she puts in at the sessions, and at home is impressive and makes me to strive to seize every opportunity to teach my daughter everything I possibly can.
Mentoring with Mosaic has improved my communication skills & educated me in terms of language barriers and I feel I have benefitted greatly. I would not hesitate to recommend it to anyone else, CPD or not, it is truly inspirational.”
Jan Needham, PC and Investigative Trainer remarked: “I volunteered to mentor with Mosaic as I am currently studying to be a Personal Performance Coach and thought that such a project would give me additional experience in a slightly different context. I also wanted to get involved in a project which provided in some ways a legacy; an investment that has a lasting impact on growing and influencing future talent. I feel quite privileged to have the life I do and just wanted to share my life experiences to make a positive contribution and help others achieve more in their life.
So far the main reward for me has to be engaging with the children who are initially quite shy; seeing their faces light up, their confidence gradually build and their self-belief come to life is a privilege to witness.
Mentoring is challenging, the investment that as a Mentor you have to give is not to be taken lightly. This is a two way relationship that requires full commitment for it to be effective. Work and other life distractions will constantly try and get in the way but the rewards are wonderful. You learn so much, not just about yourself but also about other cultures and life experiences. You also have an opportunity to have posiively influence on a child’s life, possibly in a way that will remain with them forever – and as a mentor there is no greater reward.”
PCSO Rob Mace added: “Working with young teenagers is a rewarding experience, and I feel that I can really make a difference to their lives. One of the girls on the programme, who at the start was barely able to tell us her name because she was so shy, volunteered to stand up in front of the whole group at the last session and present back what she had learnt and achieved throughout the course. This was particularly rewarding as she said that it was due to Mosaic and the mentors that had been given this new found confidence.”
Mosaic West Midlands are now recruiting male and female mentors to support programmes in the academic year 2013/2014 with training taking place in June and September. Anyone interested in mentoring should contact Annalisa Lockett, Mosaic’s West Midlands Regional Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org.