Starting Point Values: Enabling

Starting Point has three values that make up the core of the project. They are Unlocking, Enabling, and Releasing.

The definition of Enabling is to give someone the authority or means to do something. In the case of Starting Point and mentoring, Enabling means giving young people the chance to make and sustain positive change in their lives.

There is no guideline to how these changes are created. Everybody has a different view of what is positive. In terms of mentoring, even just small things that might seem insignificant to others can result in a massive positive change to those doing them.

For example, getting a young person with anxiety or low confidence to apply for jobs will be tough, especially if they have a negative outlook. Therefore, focusing on smaller things that build their confidence and to overcome their anxieties can change their negative views into positive ones.

To ensure these positive changes are made and kept, Starting Point can set up a variety of different opportunities. These can be activities such as simply giving young people the chance to talk to someone, setting up voluntary roles which give experience, and mock interviews to allow young people to practise and improve their interview skills.

Through Enabling, Starting Point and mentoring can help make positive differences not only to job/career aspirations, but also to mental health, self-belief and more.

Starting Point Values: Unlocking

Starting Point has three values that make up the core of the project. They are Unlocking, Enabling, and Releasing.

Unlocking, the focus of this blog, means that every young person has potential that can be unlocked and fulfilled. The methods of unlocking potential can be different for every mentor and mentee. These methods could include things such as playing to a mentee’s strengths or developing areas they can grow in.

Many young people have talents that they know nothing about. Starting Point and its mentors help young people find and unlock their talent through tailored support, meaning it is different for every mentee depending on what support they need.

Support from Starting Point could be simple things such as throwing leadership roles onto mentees, putting them in new situations they have never tried before. Often, young people only need to be shown they have potential for them to see it.

Starting Point also helps build on a young person’s potential. For example, if someone is very good at communication, Starting Point will support them in using that potential to further their future careers. Even a simple thing like writing blogs could lead to a job offer.

Ever seen the movie Sister Act? The choir all have potential to be beautiful singers, but only when somebody comes along and brings out that potential do they suddenly become confident and successful.

The first step on any journey of transformation is identifying potential, unlocking and nurturing it, and then seeing it fulfilled. Doing this can take time, but it will be a step taken towards a bright and more hopeful future.

Starting Point Yearly Update 2018/2019

2018 was one of our best years yet at Starting Point. Through the help of our brilliant volunteers and generous supporters, we achieved great things. These include:

  • Mentoring 51 new young people, 26 of whom have moved into education, employment, or training.

Looking ahead to 2019, Starting Point’s goals include:

  • Mentoring 60+ young people
  • Recruiting more volunteers
  • Setting up a ground floor hub to be used by mentees and mentors for mentoring.
  • Establishing the social groups and Transition Mentoring as regular programmes

We would like to thank everyone for their contributions to making 2018 a very successful year for Starting Point. We couldn’t have done it without you!

Roll on 2019!!!

The Mentoring of: Mary Poppins

Mary Poppins is one of the most beloved Disney films of the age, still being repeated on television and loved by audiences old and young. You could say it is practically perfect in every way. And with a sequel released, it’s the perfect time for a blog about the mentoring that takes place during the film.

The Characters

Dick van Dyke and Julie Andrews as Bert and Mary.
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So where should we start? Why not with the main characters?

The first of our mains are the Banks parents. Mrs Banks is a passionate member of the Suffragette movement with a rosy but dreamy personality. Mr Banks is a quite important member of the Bank of England. He is a man with no vision beyond the end of his nose, meaning he only sees and hears what he wants to, leading him to care little about everything else.

The children, Jane and Michael, are in fact not naughty like most nanny stories, but merely unhappy and want some attention from their parents, who are more focused on themselves. This has caused them to become problematic and leave a long trail of nannies who have quit.

Mary Poppins and Bert are the complete opposite of Mr and Mrs Banks. They focus wholeheartedly on the children. They aren’t strict or get angry, often having smiles on their faces and joining in with the activities. She and Bert act more like Jane and Michael’s parents than Mr and Mrs Banks.

The Lessons of Mentoring

Mary Poppins, Michael Banks, and Jane Banks. No copyright infringement is intended.

Here we will go into the lessons Mary Poppins teaches us and how they are similar and apply to mentoring in the current day.

As I said above, Jane and Michael want their parents’s attentions but are failing to get it. They are constantly being rebuffed by an emotionless father and campaigning mother. This draws stark parallels to modern day parenting. Many parents are forced to work full time jobs to make ends meet, therefore unable to spend time with their children and making nannies or grandparents look after them instead. As in Mary Poppins, this leads to children becoming unhappy and can eventually make them rebellious, doing anything to get attention, even if it gets in them trouble.

Mary Poppins acts as a mentor would to Jane and Michael. She is the person who gives the children the attention they crave. This is one of the jobs of a mentor, to listen to a mentee’s concerns and also allow them the chance to talk to someone, even if it’s just about their day. Bert does the same, happily entertaining the children and indulging their childish games.

During the song, A Spoon Full of Sugar, Mary Poppins knows the children will find it boring to clean their room. Therefore she makes the job a game, singing about how doing something fun will help make the job move along quicker. Again, mentors will often do this, finding fun ways to make their mentee more engaged and occupied. Even a simple thing such as singing whilst filling in job applications can quickly improve the situation.

This leads us to, perhaps, the song with the deepest meaning; Feed the Birds. You might not notice it the first time you hear it, but the song is about charity. The old woman sitting on the steps of St. Paul’s is a charity worker, the birds are the people in need, and the small act of paying for a bag of crumbs and feeding them is a little act of kindness.

Mentoring Mr Banks

Mr Banks played by David Tomlinson. No copyright infringement is intended

Before I finish this blog, I would like to touch on one final piece of the film. That of Mr Banks. As mentioned before, Mr Banks is emotionless and void, seems to care little for his children, orders his wife around like a servant and undermines her intelligence, and believes that his view is the right view no matter what. Mr Banks is the sort of man who, when his children were born, simply handed them to the midwife and went straight back to work. He’s also a man who you cannot seeing ever having had a childhood.

Mr Banks is certainly the main character in Mary Poppins, even though it’s her name on the title. He is the one who learns the most throughout the film. If anything, he is the one who needs mentoring, not the children.

However, Bert gives a helpful insight into Mr Banks. He is a man with nobody looking out for him, meaning he must look out for himself. In mentoring terms, he doesn’t have that person who wants to help and is willing to listen. When someone does offer advise, he ignores it, continuing down his destructive path. The only advise he listens to is Bert’s, who tell him to cherish his time with Jane and Michael before they grow up and leave home.

For any mentors reading this, what advise would you give Mr Banks? How would you act around a man who pushes away every bit of help you give? Would you give him space? Would you stand your ground and be firm? Would you find out what he likes and use that to influence him?

Conclusion

Emily Blunt as Mary Poppins in MARY POPPINS RETURNS.
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Whilst Mary Poppins is not the best film for mentoring, it teaches a lot of valuable life lessons that people across the age spectrum can learn: acts of kindness, making things fun, and the realisation that time is shorter than you think.

All mentors and mentees should watch Mary Poppins and try to spot the hidden meanings of the film. You could make comparisons to your own experience and how to use them in mentoring sessions and the future overall.

Dick Van Dyke had no dance experience whatsoever before getting the role of Bert. If he can go from that to a knockout performance, then nothing is stopping you from doing the same.

 

 

Mentees in Volunteering

40% of the young people mentored by Starting Point in 2018 have volunteered in opportunities throughout Reading.

Volunteering is a vital way we can contribute to our local community and can be found everywhere. There are many types of volunteering, such as working in charity shops or organising and manning events for the general public.

Our young people have been involved in a variety of different voluntary opportunities. These include:

  • Cafes
  • Charity Shops
  • Food Banks
  • Marketing Companies
  • Hospital Radio
  • Befriending

Starting Point has also created voluntary posts of its own, such as new roles in admin and social media.

All of the volunteering done by our mentees has helped them grow in confidence and develop skills to help them advance in their future careers. We would like to thank all of those who accepted our mentees, along with our mentors who have given them the idea to do volunteering and helped them apply and access such great opportunities!

The Mentoring of Albus Dumbledore

Albus Percival Wulfric Brian Dumbledore. A character known throughout the world as a kind and gentle man, with brilliant intellect and who saw the best in everybody, even if they had travelled too far down the path of darkness.

When J.K Rowling was writing the character of Dumbledore, did she realise she would create one of the best mentors fiction could ask for? Only the likes of J.R.R Tolkien could achieve this. This blog will look at Dumbledore’s skill as a mentor and why he stands out.

Dumbledore’s Character

Michael Gambon took the role in Prisoner of Azkaban after Richard Harris’s death in 2002.
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Let’s first begin with Dumbledore in the Philosopher’s Stone. When we are introduced to him, Dumbledore is read as a knowledgeable and kind man. He leaves Harry with his awful relatives, knowing he will be safe there. We later learn Dumbledore has turned down the Minister of Magic job multiple times, choosing to stay as headmaster of Hogwarts instead. He keeps an eye on Harry during his first year at Hogwarts and later talks to him privately in the Hospital Wing. However, Dumbledore avoids talking about the most important of subjects.

What does this tell us? Although you might not think it, the first book speaks volumes about Dumbledore’s mentoring. He does not care about his own personal success, wanting to focus on helping the young witches and wizards. He will do what is right, even if it’s the hardest route for the mentee. Dumbledore also knows when and how to give certain information to his mentees, holding back if he feels they are not ready to hear it.

Throughout the Harry Potter series, we learn Dumbledore makes arrangements for unfortunate students. He convinced the previous Hogwarts headmaster to make Hagrid groundskeeper after being wrongly expelled. He allowed Remus Lupin, a werewolf, to attend the school as a child, giving him the same opportunities as other young people. He also hired Lupin as a teacher for a year, though much of the staff were against this. This shows Dumbledore wanted people to succeed even when the world was against them and did this by presenting opportunities.

Mentoring Mr Potter

Michael Gambon and Daniel Radcliffe in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. No copyright infringement intended

Moving onto Dumbledore’s relationship with Harry, this is perhaps the best example of mentoring you can find. It isn’t until the fourth book where we see this relationship start blooming. When Harry is entered into the Triwizard Tournament, Dumbledore is immediately concerned. He believes Harry when the boy says he didn’t enter himself. Harry goes to Dumbledore about his strange dreams, the headmaster listening with interest. After Lord Voldemort returns, Dumbledore again believes Harry’s story without doubt and puts into motion plans to slow down the villain.

In the fifth book, Dumbledore repeatedly comes under fire because of his insistence that Voldemort has returned. However, Dumbledore continues to try and change his doubters’ minds, never giving in. He also, again, keeps secrets from Harry, and after the first major battle of the renewed war, reveals everything he knows, unable to hide the truth any longer and knowing Harry is now ready. He even confesses he didn’t make Harry a prefect because he felt Harry had too much on his plate and didn’t want to add more, showing he places a mentee’s well-being above all else.

Let’s stop here and reflect. Dumbledore automatically trusts his mentee, though many others believe Harry to be lying for attention. Throughout his years as a teacher and mentor, Dumbledore had earned the respect and trust of many of his former students. As Neville Longbottom says when quoting his grandmother about Voldemort, “If Dumbledore says he’s back, he’s back.”

It can be hard for mentors for earn trust and respect sometimes, but Dumbledore proves that as long as you are truthful, trusting, and respectful to your mentees, they will quickly repay it.

In the sixth book, Dumbledore’s mentoring is taken to new heights. He holds personal one to one meetings with Harry about Voldemort and even sets him a task to get a certain memory, knowing Harry has the influence he does not. Dumbledore brings Harry along with him on a dangerous mission and the two put their full faith in one another. We also see how painful it is for Harry to see his mentor under immense pain, both physically and mentally. Harry sees Dumbledore as a grandfather figure and somebody he can talk to, and therefore Harry feels the weight of Dumbledore’s death much harder than others.

Why is the sixth book so important in terms of mentoring? There is an easy answer to this. Imagine you are having a meeting with a mentee and you are preparing for a job interview at Tesco. To get the highest chance of success, you will want to cover as many bases as possible, starting from what to do at the beginning of the interview, to how to finish it, explaining things to ensure they understand. Dumbledore does this by showing Harry memories before Voldemort was born right up to the villain talking about horcruxes. In other words, Harry knows enough to succeed in getting the Tesco job. Dumbledore also doesn’t help Harry with getting the final memory, giving Harry key problem solving skills.

The Perfect Mentor

Jude Law plays Dumbledore in the Fantastic Beasts series. No copyright infringement intended.

In conclusion, Dumbledore’s mentoring is extraordinary and stands out because he is a mentor who pushes his mentees to become confident and successful. He doesn’t react with anger. He trusts and respects his students, staff, friends, and acquaintances and this trust and respect are returned tenfold. He has earned such a reputation that some people believe him without question. He offers opportunities that some students and adults desperately need.

He treats his enemies as he treats everybody, with the utmost respect. Just before his death, Dumbledore is still talking in a friendly and polite manner. He wishes to reach out and save people, getting them to their goals, and not satisfied with simply giving up on them. Dumbledore is ready to listen to the concerns of his students and friends, giving them encouraging advice. He sees everybody as equal, from Muggles to Death Eaters, no matter their background. Ultimately, he simply cares for people and makes them feel calm and safe.

Albus Dumbledore is the mentor all mentoring should be based on. So whenever you feel stuck when mentoring, simply think to yourself what Dumbledore would do.

“We must all face the choice between what is right and what is easy.”

Albus Dumbledore

Starting Point Monthly Update – November

The end of November has arrived and that means another monthly update for our blog readers.

We are seeing a great response to our ongoing social media activity, including our new Instagram page,where we will be posting both videos and pictures. Our weekly blogs are also gaining traction, with both inside and outside supporters loving them.

We would like to send a very special thank you to an anonymous donor who, because of our Berkshire Community Foundation blog, donated £5000 to Starting Point.

Starting Point’s activities this month include:

6th – Attended a Reading College NEET event and are mentoring 5 more young people as a direct result.

8th – Transition Mentoring at UTC – 5 young people in their final year of Education being mentored into their next step.

15th – Attended a group interview at Ikea with 3 young people. –An interview process designed to support those with Learning Disabilities, Learning Difficulties and Mental Health struggles.

2nd – 23rd – Filming Young People’s stories in preparation for a funding bid that would allow us to mentor more young people in Reading and wider.

26th – Planning Meeting for our 2019 Social groups. – First one to start in February.

27th – Transition Mentoring at Reading Girls School – 4 students in Year 11 Education being mentored in growing in confidence and looking at options for their future.

30th – Starting Point steering group meeting looking at the exciting plans for the project in 2019

As our next update blog won’t be until after Christmas, Starting Point would like to wish you and your families a very merry Christmas.

Our blogs for December will include mentees doing volunteering, and the Mentoring of Albus Dumbledore.

The Strengths of Extroverts

Had a wedding recently? I mean have you attended one, not have you got married. Though do feel free to tell me. Back to the point, remember people getting up and dancing on the dance floor, busting a move and likely their backs too.

Those dancers are extroverts.

Extroverts are the opposites of introverts. Put them together by themselves and they might become friends, but their personalities would clash. Imagine that invisible force between two magnets when you try to force them together and they just won’t touch. Extroverts and introverts are like that.

In the terms of today’s world, extroverts likely have the easier time, meaning that the world is set up for them. Social media, meetings, nightclubs and pubs. They are pretty much meant for extroverts. That’s a real positive for them, but let’s break it down some more.

If you’re an extrovert, your brain is hardwired for social activity. Extroverts love talking to people and just making casual conversation, even if that means a quick five second chat about the lovely weather you’re having. Or the bad weather. Either way, they want to talk and therefore they have an advantage in certain situations. Extroverts recharge their batteries through being around people. They’re also great in working in teams and have a passion for entertaining people.

Think about this for a moment. Maybe somebody in your life now or in the past was a chatterbox, the life and soul of a party, somebody who never seemed to be alone and always hung around people. That, right there, is an extrovert.

Due to their natural gift of networking, extroverts are able to make friends quicker than introverts, who are quieter. Extroverts can surround themselves in a large group of friends within moments. They’re likely the ones who will approach and introduce themselves first, perhaps trying to get you to open the same way they have.

Dating and having a romantic relationship also plays to an extrovert’s strengths. Whilst introverts will be shy and love from afar, extroverts will take the first step, chatting and flirting with those they are interested in. This could also produce a larger pool of areas where a date could take place as extroverts will not feel taken out of their comfort zone.

This love of talking and communication leads many extroverts to excel in the workplace. They’re also bigger risk takers, wanting the thrill of the ride and reward at the end. Extroverts will stride towards promotions and will be one of the ones doing all the talking in meetings, determined to say their piece. Extroverts are also good role models as leaders, using their confidence and abilities to hold the room and make everyone focus on them and what they are saying..

Jobs extroverts will thrive in include teaching, sales, and politics. Politics is an especially good career choice for extroverts as they are more opinionated and open to people than introverts.

Take Jeremy Corbyn and Theresa May. Jeremy Corbyn is open and comes across as more friendly. This is because he is more of an extrovert and therefore can reach out to people that introverts like Theresa May cannot because she keeps her feelings locked up.

You could say extroverts act like dogs. Dogs are highly excited by going outside, meeting new people, and hate to be left alone.

Extroverts have quicker brain activity than introverts. You likely wouldn’t notice this unless you were actually seeking it, but extroverts can process things faster because of the way the brain is wired, giving the stimuli a shorter trip. However, this skips areas such as planning and problem solving, leading to the risk taking I mentioned in the previous paragraph.

But this doesn’t mean extroverts simple avoid the problems. Far from it. They just prefer to work out the solutions through group work. If an extrovert has had a tough day, the easiest way for them to reduce the stress is to talk about it, whether to a family member, a friend, or perhaps even a random stranger.

Famous extroverts include Margaret Thatcher and Bill Clinton, Justin Bieber and Beyonce, Will Smith and finally, Ringo Starr.

All of the above have had great successes as extroverts and have changed the world one way or another. So to any extroverts out there, play to your strengths and you’ll have success because of them.

The Strengths of Introverts

If you’re an introvert raise your hand! There’s no need to raise both hands sir, just one will do. Oh you’re doing it because you’re proud to be an introvert? Then let me join you. I’ll even raise both my feet.

Being an introvert should affect people. It’s not something to be sad and ashamed about. It’s not something you can become or overcome overnight. And it’s not something other people should judge you by.

From my experience being an introvert can be an amazing thing, the same for being an extrovert. There are great positives, though of course there are likely negatives too. But let’s focus on the positives.

First of all, introverts have brilliant minds and imaginations. A lot of famous introverts are authors and have written bestselling books or have become world famous actors. Why? It’s a simple question with a simple answer; because they enjoy being inside their own heads.

Introverts are very creative. They love writing stories and lyrics, drawing all types of genre, and acting as characters. Remember your school and college days. Do you remember a person who was quiet? Kept their head down and didn’t make trouble? Didn’t make conversation? If you can’t, then that person is likely yourself, though you should be able to think of one, because there are millions.

Shyness is natural to introverts, but they have been proven to be great speakers when knowing what they are talking about. In fact, some of the most remembered speeches in human history were delivered by introverts. For example, Winston Churchill gave us the Iron Curtain and We Will Fight Them On The Beaches, major speeches that were turning points in 20th century history and still widely quoted to this day.

Why do introverts make great speakers? For one, they prepare and want to get it right. If an introvert has to make a speech, you’ll be sure they’re rehearsing it in their head over and over again. In that way, introverts are like actors. They learn the lines. Introverts also believe strongly in the message they are delivering.

Because of their introverted nature, introverts are believed to be uninteresting and boring to be around. But again, this is a terribly misunderstood assumption. Moving onto a negative, introverts are awful at small talk. Ever had an awkward period of silence when all you want to do is make conversation, but you don’t know how? That’s because introverts want to get to the nitty-gritty of matters. Discussion about the weather? Bah! Discussion about your deepest, darkest secrets? Now you’re talking.

People assume they have no confidence because of their lifestyle. But let me tell you, introverts have the power to make people underestimate them and then blow them away. Never underestimate an introvert.

Introverts are not social. Take them to a party, and they’ll most likely want to go home after just an hour, perhaps less. Unlike extroverts, who recharge their batteries through social events, introverts recharge by staying at home, tucked up with a good book, or watching Eastenders.

Staying at home will not only help introverts recharge and feel comfortable, they’ll learn an impressive amount of general knowledge. But that doesn’t mean introverts don’t want to be social.

For everyone who has an introverted friend, you should feel very proud. Introverts only take a handful of close friends. I’d say less than five at any time. If an introvert calls you a close or even best friend, that means they trust you completely. Going to a club might be a step too far for them, but going down to Starbucks to have a chat is their perfect cup of coffee.

Another brilliant aspect of introverts is that they are awesome listeners. If you’re in a meeting and an introvert isn’t speaking, this isn’t because they feel shy or scared. They’re listening to what people are saying, analysing it, and piecing together a response when their time to talk arrives. Listening also makes introverts great leaders and managers. They care about their team and listen to what they have to say. This also applies to friendship. If you have a problem with your work or personal life, try talking to an introvert. They’ll listen and try to help you, even if they don’t know the answer. They’re also more likely to keep things in their own head instead of voicing them. So listen when an introvert speaks because they don’t speak unless they think it relevant.

A sibling to listening is watching. Introverts will watch their surroundings and quickly start connecting the jigsaw pieces. People will be surprised when finding an introvert understands who they are and what they like. It’s because they’ve watched. That’s all there is to it. Watching and paying attention. They’ll pick up things you don’t even know about yourself.

As for those who work with introverts, they will be the best co-workers you could ask for. You can be sure they will do a proper job, being supportive and focused on what’s happening. Introverts are likely to have their efforts recognised. After all, if you feel they’re doing a great job, why not tell them? Introverts might also influence you without you knowing it. If you see them doing a great job, you might want to do the same and try to match them. Or perhaps their attitude and mood changes. If an introvert suddenly becomes moody, you might suddenly feel the urge to work harder to make them happy.

Many people who changed the world were introverts. Let me list a few: Bill Gates, Gandhi, Albert Einstein, Isaac Newton, Mark Zuckerberg, J.K. Rowling, Abraham Lincoln, Charles Darwin, Elon Musk, and lastly Barack Obama.

Darwin introduced us to evolution, Newton to gravity, J.K. Rowling wrote the highly successful Harry Potter series, Barack Obama became the USA’s first black president, Mark Zuckerberg invented Facebook, and Gandhi led peaceful protests that saw India become an independent country.

You might be there thinking, how does this make me happy? Because if you are an introvert, you too might do something that changes the world forever. Look back over the different topics I’ve covered. All of them can do this. Hard work, creativity, watching and listening, all pay off in the end.

So don’t worry about not being social and those who believe being introverted is wrong and judge you because of who you are. Introverts are more powerful than most believe. They have the power to surprise the world and when they do, you’ll be sure everyone will be listening to and watching them.

Meet A Mentor – Hannah

What do you think of when you see the word MENTOR? Do you think of a young or older person? A man or a woman? Friendly and open, or strict and determined? Meeting a Mentor will hopefully answer these questions and allow you to get to know our mentors.

Hannah is a relatively new mentor at Starting Point, having started back in May 2017, meeting her first mentee the following month. She came to know about Starting Point through Sam, our Project Manager, as they go to the same church.

Hannah is originally from Devon, and moved to Reading over three years ago. She wanted to get involved in the community and meet and get to know new people. Ultimately, Hannah wished to be helpful and do some good in Reading whilst working at UCEM as a Marketing and Communications Manager.

Her father was a great inspiration for becoming a mentor. He had a similar organisation like Starting Point set up back in Hannah’s hometown and was very active in the community. But he wasn’t the only one who has inspired her over the years. A lot of people have given Hannah the motivation to help others and improve their lives.

Hannah believes that mentoring offers young people the chance to be listened to and express themselves, someone who will not judge them and will give them their full attention, and give them the resources and skills they need to succeed.

In terms of Starting Point itself, Hannah says that Starting Point is relaxed and has no schedule for its mentors and mentees, giving them more freedom, allowing the mentor to take a bigger leadership role. Hannah also believes Starting Point is great at supporting both mentors and mentees in whatever they need. It also helps that the mentors get together frequently so ideas can be shared and used in future mentoring sessions.

When preparing for her interview, Hannah took the 16 Personalities test, coming out as an ESFJ-T, known as the Consul. This means Hannah is a caring and social mentor, someone who is eager to help out and likes to be around people.

By mentoring a young person, Hannah has learnt perseverance and consistency. Her highlights include:

  • Seeing her mentor’s confidence grow through understanding his personality (through the 16 Personalities test);
  • Seeing her mentee start new voluntary posts;
  • Her mentor passing his theory test and doing really well in his driving lessons.

Hannah’s message for future Starting Point mentors is that it is good to get to know people in real situations, the mentoring is about the mentees, and that mentors shouldn’t expect change to happen straight away, though mentors can change just as much as mentees.

Hannah’s hobbies and interests include hanging out with people and being social, reading books, and watching television programmes, her favourite being the American series Newsroom.