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Jo Symmons

Support Practitioner

Responsibilities: As a support practitioner I make sure the practitioners and mentors in our team have everything in place before they begin working with mentees.

Previous experience: I have worked in the arts for a number of years and prior to this I have been Teaching support and Regional Education Officer for young men in social care, involving the engagement of young people in alternative education provisions.  Here I was privileged to work alongside young people to promote best outcomes for learning and well-being.  I am halfway through a four-year Diploma to become a qualified Counsellor. When I’m not working, I enjoy being on my narrowboat and love watching live music.

Likes Mentoring Plus because: We support and focus on the needs of young people and encourage them to realise their self-worth. The Mentoring Plus team are all professional, caring, focused and 100% dedicated to making a difference to young people. 

Good at: Listening and having a genuine interest in people, sarcasm and silliness, spending time with friends and appreciating being in nature.

Not so good at: Being cold or early mornings.

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