Mentors to support young people in Birmingham from:
Barclays, Deustche Bank, Lloyds Banking Group, Gleeson Recruitment Group Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, Gateway Family Services

News Release: 19, February 2018

A business breakfast at Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce on 16 February, hosted by Preet Gill MP and Birmingham Chambers of Commerce, pledged the support of 120 mentors during The Diana Award’s ‘Mentor Me’ Campaign. The Diana Award’s Mentoring Campaign aims to recruit 1,000 mentors across England to sign-up to work with young people in their community from April 2018.

Over thirty representatives from local, regional and national businesses were in attendance to see and hear about the many benefits which mentoring can bring to young people across Birmingham. This included presentations by students from Archbishop Ilsley School and Hall Green School, who are working with their mentors to run social action campaigns on issues ranging from age-poverty to anti racism.

For the month of February, The Diana Award is calling out to members of the public to give back through the mentoring programme to help support disengaged young people within their local community. The Diana Award is calling out to individuals or teams of adults from the world of work to mentor young people in years 8,9 and 10 in a local secondary school. Mentors give young people an insight into the world of work, career skills training and support them to deliver a social action project in their community.

Tessy Ojo, CEO of The Diana Award said:
“Mentors have a significant role to play in shaping the lives of others, especially the most vulnerable. Our campaign highlights the significant role of mentoring as a key contributor for social mobility in the lives of hard to reach people. Anyone can give back as a mentor regardless of age or demographic. We want to reach out and encourage more mentors in the Birmingham area to step forward.”

Paul Faulkner, CEO – Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce, said:
“It was incredibly inspiring to see the work done by The Diana Award in mentoring and supporting students. The impact made by employers dedicating a small amount of their time to do this was obvious not only on the young people, but also on the professional development of the mentors themselves. The project is a fantastic demonstration of the role businesses in Birmingham have to play in shaping and building our future workforce. I look forward to working with Preet Gill on this and other projects in the future”.

Preet Gill MP for Birmingham Edgbaston and Shadow International Development Minister, said:
“As Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Mentoring, it was fantastic to see so many Birmingham businesses show their support for young people. The Diana Award’s Mentoring Programme is a great vehicle for social mobility whilst also bringing strong benefits to businesses. We know Birmingham has a skills shortage and this programme can act as a solution. Young people can all too often, through no fault of their own, lack the confidence, skills and opportunities they need to get ahead in life, the opportunity to have a mentor is an incredibly valuable experience.”

Prince Harry revealed the impact his mentor had on him when he met with youth mentors who were being trained by The Diana Award. He talked of how his Colour Sergeant at Sandhurst guided him and helped him to look forward.

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