Mentoring scheme in partnership with Barker & McKenzie
Last month we announced that we have formed a partnership with global law firm Baker & McKenzie, where experienced professionals offering one-to-one mentoring sessions for 6 months for young people interested in exploring their own study or work options. At our pairing evening on the 17th Dec both the mentors and mentees came together to meet and we are delighted to let you know that 13 young people have been matched and started their mentoring sessions.
I have been working at Mary’s as a youth development worker since September last year. My role involves engaging and interacting with young people in the community and with those that attend the youth club. The ultimate objective is the encouragement to be the best that they can be. I work closely with local schools and youth organisations to support young people to develop a wide range of skills. These skills span employment, business enterprise, sport, life skills and much more.
I really enjoy my role because it allows me to meet a variety of young people, who have a range of skills, talents and personalities. It gives me a great sense of fulfilment to know that I have supported a young person in their development and prospects. The work I do benefits young people in Islington because they are able to come into a safe environment and get advice and support on facing any challenges that they may be experiencing. They can rest assured that we will do our very best to propel them into a positive direction.
Outside of work I enjoy spending time with my daughter and son, reading lots of books and interesting stories. I have also taken my passion for supporting young people into creating my own enterprise called Echo Your Sport, which inspires, educates and encourages young people to engage in sport, education and creative arts. We do this by producing video content that highlights a variety of programmes and projects. I am very enthusiast and passionate with everything that I do and I always look to keep striving forward when challenges present themselves.
We asked Rob Griffiths, one of our volunteers, to share some of his experience.
DIY, basketball, setting up market stalls and an appreciation for breakdancing: these are just some of the new things I learnt in the year I spent volunteeting at Mary’s. But it was much more than just practical skills. What I loved most was the people I met and the connections I made.
During my time at Mary’s I got involved in loads – from joining in the exercise sessions, to redecorating the youth club, to organising our own version of the Apprentice and mentoring young people. I attended the club two evenings a week and acted as an extra pair of hands during project work or at weekly meetings with young people. At Mary’s everyone is up for trying new things, which makes it great for volunteers to get involved and make their mark. With the great support from Rebecca and Balazs, you can acheive a lot in a short time.
For me, volunteering at Mary’s was about doing something different with my spare time. It was an incredibly refreshing change from staying late at work in a boring office; a break from serious ‘adult’ life. I hope I managed to share some of my life experience with the young people. And they certainly helped me learn how to be a bit younger again! (Rob’s day job is with BT as Senior Marketing Manager. )
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The lovely little dancers
Tempo Tots North London is run by Emma Bailey, a qualified music therapist based in North London. Tempo Tots classes offer live, interactive music for children aged from three months to four years and their parents and carers.
We love the friendly staff and Mary’s community ethos of facilitating activities that contribute to the welfare of local families, not to mention the amazing location right in the middle of Upper Street! Tempo Tots music classes are run by qualified music therapists and highly skilled musicians with a special interest in child development and the therapeutic use of music.
At classes, children have lots of opportunities to play and explore with singing, improvised music-making and multi sensory activities designed to develop social skills, promote physical development and communication skills, nurture creativity and inspire confidence.
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