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.