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Meet the Project Manager

Sam Lloyd is Starting Point’s Project Manager and has been at Starting Point since July 2016. Here he gives a short interview about his role, the highlights of his work, and his own interests.

What the role involves:

“In a nutshell, I oversee the running of project. This includes recruiting and training mentors, meeting and matching the young people, monitoring and supporting each mentoring match. I also manage the budget, connect with businesses and other services and strategically plan for the growth of the project. I am also a mentor to young people not yet ready to match to a volunteer.”

Rewards of the role:

“Seeing the lives of local young people transformed. What makes me love my job is knowing that we are not just supporting young people find a positive destination, but we are seeing the direction of their future change course.”

Highlights/Best bits:

The highlight is always at the end of mentoring, looking back with a young person at how far they have come and seeing them beam with pride in what they have achieved – Whatever that may be.”

Why volunteer at Starting Point?

“To come alongside someone, take a genuine interest in them, and support them as they journey through a difficult yet crucial stage in their life, is such a simple and easy thing to do. Yet it has a transforming impact.”

Typical day of work:

“Every day looks completely different as I am always meeting different people. This may be a mentor, a young person, a manager at a business, someone at school, another community group. I enjoy the excitement of each day being different and meeting people I would have never met otherwise.”

Hobbies and interests:

”I enjoy playing guitar and writing songs. I watch and play a lot of football. I have a son aged one so my favourite hobby is playing with him.”

Sam’s dream for Starting Point:

“I hope to grow Starting Point here in Reading without losing our relational approach. I also long to develop the project to a point where it can be replicated in other town across the region so that more young people can have access to a mentor who can journey with them into education, employment and training.”

New Website!

IT’S HERE!

No, not the ice cream van.

Our new website is here and has been redesigned with the help of our amazing volunteers to give you Starting Point! Here we will celebrate the work of our volunteers and share stories from across our community.

We hope these changes will raise awareness to Starting Point and the transforming impact mentoring has on the lives of local young people.

Over the next couple of months we will have an increased presence on platforms such as Twitter and Facebook with news about us and those who support us.

Keep your eyes peeled for regular blogs that are on opportunity to:

  • Tell the stories of our young people.
  • Celebrate the work of our volunteer mentors
  • Introduce key supporters of Starting Point in our community
  • Give updates of news and events

In the meantime, why not get to know our project manager?

Sam – Project Manager

Or you could go and find that ice cream van. Either way, we’re sure you will not be disappointed.