The Diana Award are running a 12 week mentoring programme in schools in specific regions across the UK!
Statistics show that 67% of young people are less likely to gain employment after school when having grown up without a positive role model. We want to change this by offering those a mentor to help them grow and develop in certain areas and through social action work. Mentors and mentees work together on a social issue that means something to the mentee by setting up a social action campaign.
I am a newly appointed and trained mentor on this programme with the amazing company that is The Diana Award. Being born very shortly before Diana passed away I have always felt I needed to keep her memory alive and what better to do so than join the legacy built for her memory and mission to carry on.
I’m a 22 year old girl who has struggled severely with extreme anxiety, agoraphobia, eating disorder, depression, OCD, tic disorder and autism and I made my mark by joining a company called Think4Brum where I am a mental health advocate and engagement lead. I do lots of work with them on a voluntary basis and have recently started working with Birmingham City University as an expert by experience speaking at lectures on the Social work course. I’m am currently being assessed as a connected foster carer for my nieces and nephews in foster care and am going for full custody of them. Yes, 22 and fighting legal battles in court for the sake of my beautiful little nieces and nephews. My experience with being badly bullied in school and having to become homeschooled after my best friends death has made me want to help so many young people with their lives and experiences the best way possible. I believe in giving someone a helping hand and helping them to help themselves. I want to help young people and make them realise their potential in life. We are all on a journey of ups and downs and it’s about making those bumps shape us for the better. I aim to be a helping hand for many young people who just need someone to believe in them.
So that’s a little bit about me and my story and why I wanted to become a mentor. Helping others is all I ever want to do in life. If I can help someones experience better then I have done my job. I continue to do so!
So, what’s your story? Do you think you could be that helping hand a young person would love? Check out the mentoring programme and see if it’s something you’d like. So many young people are waiting for wonderful people to come in and be their mentor.