Rebecca Baker is the Project Coordinator for Starting Point and has been part of the team since 2014. Here she gives a short interview about her role, the highlights of her work, and her own interests.
What the role involves:
“Mentoring; supporting some of the mentors; administration of various areas of the project, including recruitment, databases and record-keeping, updating and implementing project policies and procedures; organising work experience placements; planning events.”
Rewards of the role:
“Seeing the young people we support take steps forward in personal growth. It’s always brilliant when they find a job or get a place on an apprenticeship or training course!”
“The highlight of my time with Starting Point was when a young person that I had been supporting for 2 years, finally managed to get a job after overcoming lots of setbacks. She is still there now, more than a year later, and is doing great within the role!”
Why volunteer at Starting Point?
“Standing alongside a young person to encourage and support them in their journey can make a huge difference in helping them find a more hopeful future.”
Typical day of work:
“My day can be very varied! There are usually lots of admin tasks such as checking emails and responding to anything urgent, developing new evaluation forms, processing new volunteer applications, emailing mentors with information on job opportunities and training courses, or requesting timesheets. I may also be meeting a young person to work on their CV, or catching up with one of my mentees on the phone.”
Hobbies and interests:
“Time with family, good food with friends, visiting Cornish beaches, baking cakes, watching films.”