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

27th June 2019

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.



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Short blog of Alveena Malik

Former CEO of UpRising with 20 years’ experience of working, at a senior level, on equality and cohesion issues as well as delivering social innovation projects.

Previously, Alveena was Principal Associate at the Institute for Community Cohesion (iCoCo) with lead responsibility on Education and Cohesion Policy and Intercultural Dialogue. She liaised with national/local government and schools on the role that education can play in bridging cultures, strengthening active citizenship and promoting community cohesion.

Alveena was also Head of Communities and Integration Policy at the Commission for Racial Equality (CRE) where she led the development of CRE policy on issues of Migration, Segregation, Extremism, Interfaith Dialogue and Conflict Resolution and Mediation.

Alveena was appointed as Special Advisor to the Communities and Local Government Committee on Migration and PREVENT. In 2010 she was appointed as Faith Panel Advisor to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government.

Alveena is currently a Trustee for the People’s History Museum.

UpRising Leadership

UpRising is a pioneering national charity, championing social mobility, diversity and equality issues. Their important work provides pathways to leadership and employment for 16-25 year olds who have talent, but lack opportunity.

UpRising’s mission is to break the cycle of unrepresentative power in the UK, by developing decision-makers who truly represent our diverse communities.

UpRising’s Theory of Change is to increase young people’s knowledge, networks, skills and confidence so that they can fulfil their leadership potential, find new opportunities and transform their world through social action.

UpRising has delivered innovative youth programmes since 2008, starting in East London and now operates in London, Luton, Birmingham, Greater Manchester and Cardiff.

One Million Mentors

One Million Mentors (1MM) is an exciting project established within UpRising. The aim is to use the latest digital technologies in order to train professionals online and scale the mentor offer across the UK. Our ambition is to identify, train and recruit a million mentors over the next ten years, to support a million young people entering the world of work, exploring further education or engaging in social action.

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