Sir John Cass’s Foundation leads The Prince’s Seeing is Believing to see Mosaic programmes in action
Kevin Everett, Chairman of the Sir John Cass’s Foundation, today led a group of top UK business leaders on an eye-opening visit to two different Sir John Cass’s Foundation Schools so they could examine and experience Mosaic’s ground-breaking programmes, including their primary and secondary schools mentoring activities.
The Prince’s Seeing is Believing programme was set up in 1990 to enable senior corporate leaders to see how they can put their skills to use to help others. The Prince’s Seeing is Believing programme encourages senior corporate figures to leave their desks and get into the community, spending time in inner city schools, homeless hostels, prisons and housing estates.
Today, the group of delegates visited the City of London Corporation at Mansion House, where they were welcomed by the Lord Mayor of London, Alderman Michael Bear, who gave an inspirational speech about the importance of corporates and others supporting disadvantaged communities, through programmes such as Mosaic that set the tone for the rest of the day.
From there the visit continued to Sir John Cass’s Foundation and Redcoat Secondary School to observe Mosaic’s mentoring and youth leadership programmes, with delegates drawn from businesses including Lloyds Banking Group, The Muslim Council of Britain and Iwaan Business and Lifestyle.
The day ended with a visit to the Sir John Cass’s Foundation Primary School to observe an initial Mosaic Futures session, Mosaic’s primary school programme, which aims to raise aspirations of young Muslim girls and to help empower their mothers so that they are better able to support their daughters fulfill their potential.
Through their passion and powerful testimonies, the people and children they met today inspired the delegates to do more personally and as businesses to engage creatively with their local communities and address the issues and challenges facing young people in realising their potential.
Kevin Everett, leader of the visit, said “I was very impressed by the work being undertaken by Mosaic in the Foundation’s two schools. It is extremely important that Sir John Cass’s Foundation, as one of the largest independent educational charities in London, extends support to all sections of society. I have no doubt that initiatives such as this, are both highly effective and worthwhile, and will contribute towards greater community cohesion”.
Business leaders who have led and attended The Prince’s Seeing is Believing visits will report back to His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales the impact that the programme is having on some of the most pressing social issues in the UK’s most deprived inner city and rural areas.
Jonathan Freeman, National Director of Mosaic UK, said “I hope this visit demonstrated the difficulties and issues young people face in our most disadvantaged communities and their desire to change their lives for the better. The support of people and businesses alike for our programmes clearly makes a huge difference in helping these young people in realising their aspirations.”
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