Among the winners at Brightside’s 20th anniversary awards were two mentees from the Mentor Project run by LOOK – a small but mighty charity that supports visually impaired young people to thrive.
Ruth Storey, LOOK Mentor Project Manager was at the awards ceremony and reports:
We are absolutely thrilled for the recognition of the growth and development of Lucas Murray and Rachel Dutton, and of course their mentors. Two visually impaired (VI) young people taking home awards is also recognition of our flagship Mentor Project and what LOOK sets out to do: to support VI young people to thrive.
Families are such a big part of this, and it was great that Rachel was at the award ceremony with her parents, Graham and Pippa, and Lucas with his dad, Iain.
The event itself was so welcoming, and we appreciated the effort that the Brightside team put into ensuring that it was accessible and enjoyable for the LOOK community who were part of the evening. Brightside had really thought about access requirements – it was lovely to have it factored into the design of the event and for it to be a fun and vibrant experience for all.
It was great to hear from the Brightside Youth Board. LOOK was the only client with lived experience of disability, but there were communities brought together for socio-economic reasons, it made for a diverse event this year, not just those working in a university or professional context. The speeches affirmed the power of mentoring and the impact on young people.
The venue was amazing – at the office of a law firm that partners with Brightside. For those who could see there were views over Spitalfields Market and a stunning London skyline. The evening felt very special for LOOK, with the mentees winning two out of six awards, and half of those given to mentees.
For them to do so well and be shortlisted by Brightside staff and chosen by the Youth Board is testament to how hard Lucas and Rachel have worked, and that their story resonates with other young people. Lucas and Rachel enjoyed meeting each other and celebrating with their parents, and all relished the opportunity to meet LOOK staff, Brightside staff and trustees, and other organisations working in the education sector.
It was such a positive evening, full of sparkle (including sparkly flecks on Lucas’s waistcoat!) and celebration. Thank you Brightside, it meant the world to us that two LOOK mentees won awards!
Read more about it on LOOK UK’s website.