Nicola has been a positive role model for Lucy, helping to promote her engagement with school and supporting her to build positive relationships with her siblings. Nicola has enabled Lucy to access community resources, and to undertake positive activities in and out-with her community.
Supported by the Plusone budget and additional funding received from the Edinburgh Holiday Fund, Nicola and Lucy visited many attractions including the Butterfly Farm, Time Capsule, Camera Obscura, Craigmillar Castle, Edinburgh Castle, Winter Wonderland, Ryze, Musselburgh Beach, Arcades at Portobello and Edinburgh Zoo.
Nicola encouraged Lucy’s interest in swimming and ice skating and her love of baking and cooking, they visited Y2K and the YMCA-YWCA to make pizza’s, cakes and have art and craft sessions. They also visited local parks for nature walks.
Nicola has been a consistent adult in Lucy’s life helping her to problem solve and giving her the time and space to practice new ways of doing things. Lucy’s dad and his partner are incredibly grateful for the time that Nicola has dedicated to mentoring Lucy. They feel that Lucy has benefited immensely from Plusone and they have noticed marked improvements in her behaviour and an increase in her confidence. They appreciate all the guidance, support and encouragement that Nicola put into the mentoring which has had such a positive effect.
“Mentoring has been good for me, having fun, knowing that my mentor has been coming for me every week, getting away from my brother and sister for a bit, going to new places like Craigmillar Castle, Edinburgh Castle, the Camera Obscura was fun. It has been good to have someone to talk to, someone to help me” (Lucy, aged 10)
Lucy’s dad has appreciated Lucy’s involvement with Plusone:
“Mentoring has helped my daughter a lot. The mentor was superb, a great help to my daughter. Lucy has liked the 1:1 contact. She has looked forward to seeing her mentor every week. Lately her behaviour has been great which is down to the support of her mentor. She made a great scrap book with her mentor to help her remember their year together. (Lucy’s dad)
Mentor Nicola commented:
"The biggest benefit of mentoring is that it's extremely rewarding. I know that I am giving my mentee some much needed support and encouragement. One of the main reasons I know that the support is working is that I have seen the positive change in my mentee throughout the year and I have helped her achieve her goals. Also seeing how grateful my mentee was when we were doing activities."