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LOOK-UK mentors win national award

July 26th, 2017 / View in own page?

On Wednesday 5th July, we attended the Brightside Trust Mentoring awards and thoroughly enjoyed the evening.

Some of LOOK’s mentors and mentees were shortlisted for two awards; mentee of the year and mentoring pair of the year.

We are delighted to inform you that Danielle and Jack won mentoring pair of the year! They were presented with a certificate and engraved trophy. This is a big achievement for LOOK and our mentors and mentees as our mentoring project is still in its pilot year.

A huge thank you to the Brightside Trust for the nomination and for such a wonderful evening.

Have a listen to the audio below which is of Danielle and Jack winning their award.



Celebrations at LOOK-UK as mentors are nominated for national award

June 30th, 2017 / View in own page?

Still in its pilot year, LOOK-UK’s mentors are making it an awards season, as some have been nominated for a national award. This is thrilling news for our mentors and mentees, whose names are up for the Brightside Trust Mentoring Award.

The Brightside Trust mentoring awards celebrate the inspiring stories of mentors and mentees nationwide. It works with over 9,000 mentees and 4,000 mentors across 60 projects, and has received 130 nominations for awards. A fantastic achievement for LOOK’s mentors. Winning mentors and mentees will be presented with a certificate and engraved trophy on the night. And the dress code is smart but not black tie

LOOK is delighted their efforts have been recognised. Of the nominees, Harriet has been shortlisted for the mentee of the year award, and Danielle and Jack have been shortlisted for mentoring pair of the year. You can find more information on the awards here. You can check out the shortlist for the awards  here. A huge thank you to Brightside Trust for this nomination and well done to our mentors and mentees. We wish them the best of luck.

Have a listen to the audio below, recorded by our Mentoring Coordinator, Megan Barker who discusses why these fantastic individuals and partnerships have been nominated for a Brightside Trust Mentoring Award.

Harriet – mentee of the year

Danielle and Jack – mentoring pair of the year


Stress Stress Stress!

April 27th, 2017 / View in own page?

Harriet is one of our fabulous LOOK members. Through our mentoring project she has been matched with a mentor who is supporting her to achieve her goals.

She is currently preparing for her GCSE’s and deals with the added pressure of having both a visual and hearing impairment.

in this video she talks about the different types of stress and gives tips on how to cope with it.

Make sure you check out our other posts on stress! If you would like to know more about the mentoring project please email



We’d love for you to get involved in our theme of the month. Why not answer our questions:
What stresses you out?
Does your sight loss stress you out?
If so, how and how do you deal with it?
How do you deal with stress?
What do you do to de-stress and relax?
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Thrilled to be Working for LOOK

March 28th, 2017 / View in own page?

I am Megan Barker, the new mentoring project co-ordinator at Look.
Photo of Megan

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.