"To see a young person achieve their goals makes me feel proud and validates what I am doing is making a difference in these young peoples’ lives."

Laura Carter

 

LAURA CARTER:

Mentoring has given me a fantastic opportunity to engage and communicate with young people on a vast spectrum. In my experience this is varied from social backgrounds, educational needs and those who just need that little bit of extra support.

Mentoring is quite unique in that no day is the same as the last and you have to be prepared to get creative and think on your feet.  The majority of the young people I work with have been or are currently in care. Before working with Impact I had no idea how much this could affect a young person and that the relationships they build with their mentors are really valued by that young person.

We are able to provide them a safe space where they can be themselves, speak openly about their thoughts and feelings and sometimes just engage in simple activities that we take for granted.

Recently I had one of my young people hit a very big milestone in their journey through mentoring. This young person has a very negative opinion of themselves and therefore was very under-confident about the way they look. Over the last six months we have built up a very strong and trusting relationship.  This has enabled me to provide them with the encouragement and confidence to go swimming. Something we would see as a simple activity was terrifying for this person.

This has been a true highlight of my career with Impact. To see a young person achieve their goals makes me feel proud and validates what I am doing is making a difference in these young peoples’ lives.