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Thrilled to be Working for LOOK

I am Megan Barker, the new mentoring project co-ordinator at Look.
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I have spent most of my time working in theatre and community arts, as a freelance writer, and as director of my own theatre company. I have also worked as a creative writing teacher at various colleges, including here at RNC in Hereford. I live in rural Wales and have three children.

My whole life I have been interested in – even obsessive about – imagining what the world is like experienced from someone else’s perspective. I love imagining myself inside other people’s shoes and asking questions. This is what fuels my interest in writing plays and making theatre. It is also what drew me to counselling and related fields such as coaching and mentoring. I love having ideas and making them happen. Mentoring is a way of facilitating others to explore their ideas and then figure out how to put them into action.

I am thrilled to be working as mentoring co-ordinator for Look. Being a person who spends most of the time in a soup of ideas, drives, aspirations, dreams, anxieties, doubts and distractions I see the benefits that a mentoring relationship can bring as invaluable. Having someone there to help you unpick the swirl of life, help you recognise the path you want to take, and identify how best to go about following it, is an incredible resource. It is a fantastic opportunity for me to have a role in making that resource accessible to all those who want to participate. So far I have loved helping people from different parts of the country make connections, share experiences and ideas. I also feel honoured to be working with such a talented, resilient, inspiring group of folk.

I very much hope to keep building the project, so that we continue to create a strong network of role models, mentors and mentees. I want to develop a system where mentors are themselves mentored, and mentees eventually become mentors too. The online platform is a great way of bringing people together across the country. It is also secure from a safeguarding point of view. All the messages are moderated so we know that our young people are protected. I am also excited about developing a face-to-face element to the project. The training events that took place before I arrived were, by all accounts, inspiring and energising. I want to create further opportunities for our participants to get together in person, share ideas and have fun. Hopefully our mentors will soon start to get involved in planning these events and making them happen. I also intend to find ways of offering our mentors training opportunities, to further their mentoring skills and equip them to be role-models and leaders of the future.

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