A day in the life of one of our Mentor Co-ordinators
Jennette is our Cheshire East Mentor Co-ordinator. I asked her to explain how she supported our young people on a daily basis…. Fasten your seat belts because her are just some of the things Jennette and her young people get up to!
Benefits reclaims, appointment reminders, DRs appointments, housing support (arrears, budgeting etc), prison visits, rolling their sleeves up and cleaning, parent groups (new and existing), shopping on a budget, advocate, supporting the Cheshire East LCT team with transporting young people, supporting with employability courses, food parcels, substance misuse, ESA assessment support, forms for PIPS and ESA, Job Centre visits (Jennette feels like she spends most of her week at the Job Centre ), job interviews, placements for college, practical support (sorting out fuse boxed – is there no end to our Jennettes talents), supporting a young person when homeless, furniture…. and BREATH.
The biggest conversation Jennette has with her young people is around healthy relationships. She says that it is amazing that the young people are always so honest and open – we think that this is a testament to who Jennette is as a person.
Jennette says it’s important to make the young person feel they are important and that they have me (my attention) and that I care. Matching mentors with young people is such an important part of what we do at Pure Insight. What I am doing when matching is putting the mentor in my place, so I have to know that the mentor will provide the level of support to a young person that we at Pure Insight do.
I love my job and I am thankful of it each and every day.
When I asked what Jennette didn’t like about her job she thought long and hard about it…. It has to be the paperwork :)