Meet the team

Anna Brownell

SAFS Mentoring Practitioner

Responsibilities: To positively engage young children in education.

Previous experience: I trained as a complementary therapist at Bath College which led to working on a cruise ship in Australia for 9 months. I then worked at Ralph Allen School on a temporary contract saving for a possible move to Australia, and whilst working at Ralph Allen I realised how much I love working with young people and continued to work there for 4 years as an attendance officer.

Likes Mentoring Plus because: Love working with young people, families and I want to make a difference.

Good at: Talking, making people smile and seeing the good in people.

Not so good at: Numbers and heights.

Karen George

SAFS Mentoring Practitioner

Responsibilities: Supporting young people in school to achieve their potential and help them improve their well-being and mental health.

Previous experience: Many years experience of working with families and young people especially in a school setting including attendance and behaviour, as a Personalised Learning Mentor and as a Student and Family Support Mentoring Practitioner.

Likes Mentoring Plus because: I am motivated by the positives and opportunities of working for Mentoring Plus, for the young people that I support and mentor.

Good at: Listening, being organised and setting a goal and achieving it!

Not so good at: Being concise, anything to do with the sea and having my photo taken!

 

Bunny Geraghty

SAFS Mentoring Practitioner

Responsibilities: To help young people in school to reach their full potential.

Previous experience: Managing restaurants and as a travel rep before working at the Longacre Community Hall, where I realised I wanted to work with young people. I trained as an HTLA and then worked at the Pupil Referral Unit in Bath, and when this closed moved to the Link School. I learnt to drive at the grand old age of 51! This then enabled me to take up the post of Reintegration Officer and now Student & Family Support Mentoring Practioner.

Likes Mentoring Plus because: It supports and focuses on the needs of young people .

Good at: Cooking and making people feel at  ease.

Not so good at: Being tidy and organised, and parking!

Helen Goodchild

Mentoring Practitioner

Responsibilities: Working with Primary aged children and their mentors including the transition to Secondary school. Matching children with an amazing mentor for a positive and fulfilling experience.

Previous experience: I worked for a number of years in Social Housing then for 15 years as a primary school teacher, teaching children aged 4-11. I spent 10 years working in a school which specialised in supporting autistic children and their families.

Likes Mentoring Plus because: We are passionate and committed in ensuring all children and young people have the best opportunities to fulfil their potential.

Good at: Going with the flow. Naming dinosaurs.

Not so good at: Remembering people’s names. Having a poker face.

Tim Griffiths

Mentoring Practitioner

Responsibilities: I work with our 12-21-year olds, matching them with one of our inspiring volunteer mentors. I support each mentor and help them look after their young person and track the relationship and progress as it unfolds.

Previous experience: I’m originally from North Wales, took a degree in Arts Management and worked at Christies Auctioneers. I moved to Bath to start a family and began a new career working with young people, and now have a diploma in youth work practice. Previously I worked in Bristol as an Engagement Worker, leading projects in schools and youth clubs and mentoring a diverse range of young people.

Likes Mentoring Plus because: of the positive impact it has not only on the children and young people but on its volunteers.

Good at: Keeping active, trying new things, building relationships and listening to others.

Not so good at: Being at my laptop for a prolonged time.

Chris Hart

Volunteer Co-ordinator

Responsibilities: To guide and support volunteer mentors through the application and recruitment process, and to support team members in making the process a really positive experience.

Previous experience: 5 years’ experience of volunteer management and over 20 years of working with young people in Somerset, Bristol and Bath. My work has mainly involved supporting young people in care and care leavers, in both education and community settings, to consider all their options and opportunities and believe they can achieve and make the changes they want.

Likes Mentoring Plus because: The whole team are so committed to the ethos of improving the lives of young people, and to supporting the amazing mentors who are involved in this.  My role combines my values and beliefs, and my working history perfectly.

Good at: Organising, listening and growing beautiful cut flowers.

Not so good at: Caving and fairground rides.

Ruth Keily

Deputy Director

Responsibilities: Keeping the home fires burning! Fundraising, budgeting, reporting. Making sure everyone is talking about Mentoring Plus, so that they volunteer as mentors and support our work. Running projects. Making connections with local businesses and organisations, arranging events, PR and social media.

Previous experience: Grew up near Bristol, moved back to the south west after uni and 12 years in London. 25 years working in marketing, across financial services, IT, publishing, home and garden businesses.

Likes Mentoring Plus because: I love working with people who give their time and energy to others, like our volunteers.

Good at: Writing stuff

Not so good at: Technology rage

 

Jamie Luck

Director

Responsibilities: Collaborating with the staff and trustees to shape and apply our vision, mission and plan. On a day to day basis that means lots of different things, which all add up to helping ensure we’re doing the best and most effective job we can for those young people that might most benefit.

Previous experience: 18 years pottering around Bath and its surroundings in the lead up to adulthood. The subsequent 18 years? Working with organisation like Theatre Royal Bath and the Royal Shakespeare Company figuring out how to best support young people that might need a helping hand.

Likes Mentoring Plus because: It offers a very simple, affordable and inspirational solution to a complex set of problems.

Good at: Face to face stuff, like inspiring people about what we do in person

Not so good at: Face-less stuff, like keeping on top of e-mails…

Kev Long

Lead Practitioner, Schools Services

Responsibilities: Leading the Student & Family Support (SAFS) team to support students to access education across Bath & NE Somerset. Managing our professional mentoring services delivered to schools throughout the region.

Previous experience: I was a child of the forces so I grew up all over the place, but I’ve spent a majority of my time in Wiltshire where I have now settled. Several years’ professional experience in a variety of roles including counselling and drug, alcohol, mental health and homelessness support. I’m also a qualified Addiction Therapist.

Likes Mentoring Plus because: We’re focussing on solutions rather than problems!

Good at: Keeping an open mind and turning tragedy to triumph. I love sport: keen footballer, keen surfer and I’ll try most extreme sports!

Not so good at: Quitting, heights, hard labour, cooking, singing and dancing!!

 

Katy Massey

Lead Practitioner, Volunteer Mentoring

Responsibilities: Working alongside our team of Volunteer Mentoring practitioners to engage young people and mentors in our programme and run exciting activities each week. Developing training on best mentoring practice and delivering to schools, charities and youth provisions nationwide. Spending time with our Girls’ Group; an ambitious group of female mentees who stand for inclusivity, positivity and creativity.

Previous experience: Spent a few years studying languages and living around Europe, then studied a postgrad in teaching. Over the next few years I worked with young people in lots of different capacities: teaching, mentoring, nannying, running national youth programmes and residential trips. Had a lengthy (and sunny!) sabbatical trekking and biking my way around SE Asia and Australia, followed by a move to rural Kenya working in a secondary school for girls teaching women’s empowerment classes and volunteering at an orphanage for street children.

Likes Mentoring Plus because: Ideas become reality. Our young people shape the direction and ambition of our programmes; we simply support them to achieve their potential. Hearing young people’s ideas and aspirations inspires me on a daily basis. Plus, someone is always making a round of tea!

Good at: Inventing games

Not so good at: Remembering where I parked my car.

Stephanie Massie

Community Development

Responsibilities: Fundraising, community engagement, organising activities, telling even more people about the great work done by Mentoring Plus.

Previous experience: 15 years as a town planning consultant, 4 years working for another local charity, 18 months working as a special needs teaching assistant, many years volunteering at school as a member of the PTA and school governor.

Likes Mentoring Plus because: it’s a perfect combination of working with fantastic kids and inspiring adults.  The mixture of professionalism and fun makes it a great place to work.

Good at: Connecting people, being energetic, baking, being a mummy

Not so good at: Remembering passwords, french plaits.

Jim Noke

Activities Practitioner

Responsibilities: To liaise with young people, practitioners and outside organisations (catch breath) to deliver stimulating, positive and exciting activities. Where possible encourage young people to identify their own skills through trying new activities, and support them to develop these further with other projects and contacts.

Previous Experience: Still quite a “newbie” to working with young people! I moved to Bath a few years ago to be closer to my daughter, where I began volunteering with Age UK and as a mentor with Mentoring Plus. Having never worked in this field before, it soon became very apparent I’d found something I felt passionate about.

Likes Mentoring Plus Because: It provides young people with the platform and audience to achieve their goals and create aspirations.

Good at: Understanding and connecting with young people.

Not so good at: Paintball or anything dance related!

Humphrey Pain  

Primary Mentoring Manager

Responsibilities: Developing a whole new project working with a whole new age range for Mentoring Plus. Working alongside Black Families Education Support Group and other local projects and schools to establish the best way to support Primary aged school children through in, and possibly out, of school mentoring. Also delivering 1:1 work in secondary schools.

Previous experience: A childhood in Dorset. Slices of work in Shropshire and Bath before discovering Mentoring Plus 14 years ago as a volunteer. Many years as Project Administrator and a couple more as Mentoring Co-ordinator…..and bringing up 3 boys!

Likes Mentoring Plus because: I love the relationships that are built up through the project. The best of people is really on show whether it’s through the young people, our amazing volunteers or professionals who really care.

Good at: Taking time with and having a laugh with young people and volunteers.

Not so good at: Remembering all the amazing stories that I hear daily.

Rachel Sheahan Harris

Office Manager

Responsibilities: processing referrals to our service and applications from volunteers, monitoring the mentoring journey, managing data, managing the money and answering the phone!

Previous experience: 15 years of being self employed: administration and book keeping for several graphic design companies and for a London based charity supporting young people in deprived London boroughs; and as a wedding dress maker!

Likes Mentoring Plus because: it offers me the opportunity to put my admin skills into action for a real purpose. To be working with an organisation that gives so much positive support to those who can often fall between the cracks is what gets me up in the morning.

Good at: pinning down the jelly

Not so good at: making the jelly

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