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September 2015

Become a mentor

(3 September 2015)

Mosaic North West’s primary school mentoring programme, part of HRH The Prince of Wales’ Responsible Business Network, is looking for volunteer mentors to raise the aspirations of young girls across Greater Manchester.  By giving just a few hours of your time a month, you can make a real difference.

Mentors work through a unique programme with year five girls and their mothers to increase confidence and empower family members to support their daughters to fulfil their potential. 

After initial training, mentors are assigned to work at a primary school within disadvantaged communities. The ten week programme covers themes such as communication, citizenship, the value of role models and the importance of trying your best.

One Humanities staff member, Lynda McIntosh, Research Communications and Marketing Manager, co-mentored at Crumpsall Lane Primary School with Talisia Jamieson–Duff, a 2nd year Sociology student from The University of Manchester. Describing the programme they said:

“Each week we planned activities and discussions to work through the learning outcome for that week. For us, watching the girls grow in confidence and express themselves in front of each other made the whole experience worthwhile. It was a privilege to hear what the girls wanted to be in later life, help them think about their goals, and to meet their biggest role models – their mums, sisters and aunties. We would definitely do this again.”

To reward the girls for their achievement and to recognise their investment in their own education and development, Marie Gray, Director of Communications and Marketing, provided Blackwell’s book tokens for each of the girls on behalf of the Faculty of Humanities.

Mosaic is always looking for professional men and women to become mentors. For more information visit the website. Applications close on Wednesday, 23rd September.