A massive key word from the year 2020 has to be community.
We have seen incredible work both within our sector and the business sectors, but also from the public with people who would never have considered themselves a leader stepping up to help others around them.
From teachers walking miles a day to feed their pupils, to hundreds of thousands of people signing up to the NHS volunteers as well as small community groups popping up all over, and even the rainbows in windows to help cheer up our 1 hour of exercise there are a lot of positives to take from this year, we hope you can agree!
The community arm of our HeadStart Hull Peer Mentoring project became invaluable this year, as unfortunately, and understandably, the work usually delivered through schools stopped almost overnight as schools closed at the beginning of the pandemic, but the AMAZING team have worked so hard to make sure young people were still able to receive support.
Mostly this was done via Zoom and Teams, with new mentors being trained and matched with mentees online. A massive thank you at this point to the Sirius Academies who facilitated a group of their students getting trained up over the summer!
We know that transition from primary to secondary school is tough at the best of times, but imagine navigating that change having never having stepped foot in the door of your new school! This is where the mentors step in, with a key part of their role being to support new year 7s. Mentor are able to support young people in secondary school in Hull with any emotional health and wellbeing subjects, such as friendships, bullying, exam stress, or self esteem.
We were again able to make a film with NHS Hull CCG to try and allay some of the common fears students shared with us about this transition with some of our mentors – WATCH IT HERE
Mentors are all young people volunteering their time to help others, and are incredibly special young people – thank you all of you for being involved this year.
If you, or someone you know, could either be a mentor, or maybe you might benefit from having your own mentor, which could speak to you about anything including friendships, bullying, self-esteem, worries about school work or something else, again get in touch with the team.
All you need to do is get in touch with the team on firstname.lastname@example.org or 07496034229