We are very lucky at Brightside to work with some truly inspirational volunteers who generously give their time as mentors to help us achieve our mission. For National Mentoring Day, we asked two mentors to share their stories with us. Alison Langley has volunteered with Brightside for over 10 years, supporting many young people to make confident and informed decisions about the future. Alison never ceases to amaze us with her dedication to Brightside and we’re so proud this year to be welcoming her son, Ryan, to the volunteering family here at Brightside as one of our new mentors. We’re incredibly touched by the support of the Langley family and they’ve kindly shared their stories with us below.
After attending Brightside’s 15th birthday celebrations in London last year with my mum and listening to the powerful stories from the mentors and mentees there on the night, I decided that I too wanted to become a Mentor. I had just started University and wanted to use my experience of education to encourage others to aim high and reach their full potential. I have since signed up to become a Brightside Mentor and I am very much looking forward to my first mentoring project. What could be more rewarding than using your own experience to encourage others and to have the opportunity to make a difference?
As a work experience coordinator for the NHS, I saw first-hand how powerful it was to offer young people opportunities to connect with the working world and to explore their future career options and the qualifications required to get there. Therefore when an opportunity to mentor for Brightside came along over a decade ago I was delighted to be able to share my knowledge and experience on a wider basis, helping to support young people across the U.K. I’ve since had the privilege to work on a variety of projects and have attended two award ceremonies and the Brightside 15th birthday celebration where I got to meet other mentors and mentees and the amazing organisers of Brightside. The experience has been amazing. Just being there on the end of a computer and offering positive advice and support has incredible outcomes. I was hugely proud last year to be invited to the graduation of one of my mentees who had qualified as a Nurse. My mentee and her parents could not praise the power of the project and of mentoring enough. It is certainly one of my proudest life moments that I will remember forever.