One Million Mentors remembers Jo Cox MP by celebrating diversity of its mentoring programmes

Last Friday, One Million Mentors (1MM) brought together diverse local communities in a national celebration to commemorate the life of Jo Cox MP.

On Friday 21st June, 1MM delivered events in collaboration with local partners in Cardiff, Manchester and the West Midlands. 1MM joined communities up and down the country who were taking part in Jo Cox Foundation’s ‘Great Get Together’, which celebrates Jo Cox’s legacy by recognising that we have more in common than that which divides us.

The Olympic legacy charity, Spirit of 2012, funded all three of 1MM’s events which saw a total of 129 people attend.

In Cardiff, St Teilo’s Church in Wales High School hosted mentees, mentors and councillors Huw Thomas, Sarah Merry and Hannah Jenkins for a festive get together of speeches, virtual reality technology provided by construction firm Willmott Dixon, and high tea expertly curated by the school’s catering team. Newly appointed head teacher Mr Ian Loynd said:

This mentoring programme illustrates the best of our local community and the shared ambition of all people in Cardiff to support the next generation.

1MM was delighted to host their event in the West Midlands at Telford College. The event saw over 70 people attend, including local Mayor Stephen Reynolds who highlighted that Telford has the largest volunteering community in the country – an indication of the abundance of goodwill in the community. Susan Alder, Head of Student Services at the college, said:

We were honoured to host the Great Get Together at our college. The community is at the heart of our offer, and it’s essential that we take every opportunity to come together to celebrate our local community and the role that mentoring plays in strengthening local communities.

In Manchester, 1MM was thrilled to host the Great Get Together at Burnage Academy for Boys – a school where over 90% of students are from ethnic minority backgrounds. 1MM was joined by the British Army, who provided an activity that brought together students, mentors and local businesses to solve stimulating forensic challenges.

Alveena Malik, Co-founder and Director of 1MM, says:

We were honoured to host the Great Get Together in all three of our regions, as the ethos of the event is part of our underlying principles. We take pride in the fact that we bring people across difference in age, ethnicity and class background to create, at scale, regular, meaningful and long term relationships.

One Million Mentors (1MM) is a unique community-based mentoring programme, whose aim is to transform young lives by connecting one million young people with one million mentors. 1MM was founded on the belief that through personal, one-to-one mentoring, more young people can grow the knowledge, networks, skills and confidence they need to succeed.

Through a unique, innovative platform and personalised mentoring, this ambitious program backs the talents of young people to improve their career chances; connecting them with an ever-growing network of businesses and professionals while at the same time strengthening local communities.

1MM has established important partnerships with business, education institutions and councils across its regions, and on Friday councillor Huw Thomas from Cardiff City Council personally acknowledged the important role that mentors play in shaping the future of young people in the city:

Mentoring is so important because it’s about giving young people a vision of how they can contribute to society. I want Cardiff to be a city where every young person feels they can make a valuable, and a valued, contribution to their city. And that starts with opening their eyes to the possibilities of our great city, and with mentors helping in that process.

1MM is operating in three regions across the UK:

In West Midlands 1MM is partnering with Mayor Andy Street and his Mayor’s Mentors scheme to recruit and train 2000 mentors by 2020.

In Cardiff, 1MM is partnering with the Cardiff Commitment which has over 160 local businesses signed up to support young people to access local work opportunities.

In Greater Manchester 1MM partners with Manchester City Council, working with all the colleges in the city and most secondary schools. 1MM is now expanding into Oldham and Salford, and will be expanding into East London during the summer.

1MM is currently recruiting mentors across the Cardiff Capital Region, Greater Manchester and the West Midlands; if you’re aged over 25 years and live in any of these regions get in touch.

If you’re a business and would like to partner with 1MM, or if you know a young person who would benefit from a mentor, contact 1MM for more information.

Email: enquiries@onemillionmentors.org.uk
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