Our Volunteer Mentoring Lead Practitioner Katy Massey has been recognised as one of the West’s 100 most inspirational women
Katy is totally inspirational. She is passionate about empowering women, and, over the past three years, has redefined how Mentoring Plus works with local young girls facing significant challenges.
Her energy, determination, humour and drive make her an inspirational young role model for the girls on our project, as does her seniority in the organisation as one of the youngest members of our team.
She has made us a more inclusive, considered and pro-active organisation, meaning, specifically, that more girls access our service, and therefore more girls are better placed to realise their potential in our local community.
She has established our first ever Girls’ Group, initially a small group meeting monthly, now growing to double the size who meet every fortnight. Each session the girls gain access to inspirational female role models from across our county. Of note, from this group she has supported our first ever apprentice into our organisation, raising aspirations for other girls from across the project through the success of this younger role model.
Katy also helped co-produce our first charity conference on the theme of supporting vulnerable girls to thrive, engaging schools and charities from across the county in her mission.
Inspiring and supporting young people is in her blood. Katy has worked with young people in different capacities: teaching, mentoring, nannying, running national youth programmes and residential trips. She has worked in Kenya at a secondary school for girls teaching women’s empowerment classes and volunteering at an orphanage for street children.
Katy is never afraid to offer challenge or unsettle the status quo amongst staff or young people – if it aids the purpose to make our practice more inclusive for local girls.
After 21 years as an organisation, because of Katy’s leadership, challenge and passion, more girls are achieving greater things in our local community through the work of Mentoring Plus.
The awards organisers asked for nominations for the most inspiring women in the South West community, and readers provided some ‘incredible stories’. Spanning across Bristol, Bath, Somerset and Gloucestershire, the organisers then had to whittle down the suggestions to a final 100.
There is a people’s vote for the overall West Women of the Year.