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Charlie Haines   

Why I volunteered:
To make a positive difference to someone’s life. To be a part of the solution, rather than do nothing.

How I benefit from mentoring:

Fulfillment, knowing that I am at least trying o make a positive difference to someone’s life.

How I see the child / young person benefiting from mentoring:

A lot more open towards people, has a far more positive attitude than before.

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Adam Marshall

Why I volunteered:
I wanted the opportunity to give something back to the community and try to make a difference in someone’s life.

How I benefit from mentoring:

Seeing my mentee grow and learn new skills is great.

How I see the child / young person benefiting from mentoring:

Watching him do things and have opportunities which may not be available without a mentor. Having someone to talk to if he needs.

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David Falconer

Why I volunteered:
I wanted to help kids that are struggling and make a difference in their lives.

How I benefit from mentoring:

I get to see a young person grow and gain confidence in themselves and that gives me confidence.

How I see the child / young person benefiting from mentoring:

They get to spend time out away from their situation and gain new experiences.

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Melisa Cepe

Why I volunteered:
I decided to become a mentor because I wanted to make a difference in someone’s life. I wanted to be a role-model. I believe that by empowering a child, they too can have the potential to give to others the same support and care they have received.

How I benefit from mentoring:

I benefit from mentoring by meeting like-minded people. At supervision sessions, trainings and “fun days” I have been given the opportunity to meet adults who share my passion to help others.

How I see the child / young person benefiting from mentoring:

During the past couple of months mentoring I have seen my mentee increase their interpersonal skills (through meeting new people at challenge nights), gaining more self-confidence (by engaging in fun activities), and becoming more positive in general. It is a truly rewarding opportunity.

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Nicola Clayton

Why I volunteered:
I have always enjoyed giving something back and felt that I could dedicate myself for a year to help, in whatever small way I could, a family who had asked for a little more support.

How I benefit from mentoring:

I enjoy spending time with my mentee, with her knowing she is important to me and that I’m there with her because I want to be, not because I have to. Seeing her grow and develop is reward enough.

How I see the child / young person benefiting from mentoring:

Each time I see my mentee I see her confidence in our relationship grow as her confidence in herself grows. In her words “I knowing you’re my mentor makes me feel good” that really makes me smile. Even when home is chaos for her the stability of our time together seems to really help her.

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Gina Scandrett

Why I volunteered:
I wanted to help in some way and the idea of a long term, one-on-one relationship appealed to me.

How I benefit from mentoring:
I enjoy seeing my mentee grow and experience different things throughout her life, whilst assisting her through the challenges she faces.

How I see the child / young person benefiting from mentoring:

My mentee benefits by having a trusting, strong and reliable relationship while experiencing new events and activities.

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Duncan Hume

Why I volunteered:
I saw a Simpsons episode about “big brother”ing and I thought that would be something I could do.

How I benefit from mentoring:
I guess having a sense of being a positive influence (even when not always knowing) in his life and in a small way making a difference.

How I see the child / young person benefiting from mentoring:
Having a steady influence in an ever changing environment. Having someone else to talk to.

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Richie Owen

Why I volunteered:
Sounded like a good way to give something back to the local community.

How I benefit from mentoring:
I have a lot of fun and have picked up some great learnings from the training and through the other mentors.

How I see the child / young person benefiting from mentoring:
Hopefully will open the mind to different experiences and give them the courage and confidence to make good decisions.