LOOK’s Mentor Project Co-ordinator explains why Sania has the magic ingredients required to make a great Mentor:

‘Having Sania on the LOOK Mentoring Team is real pleasure for the whole team. Sania began her mentor training with us in 2018 with a positive, supportive outlook that we all found essential and motivating.

The continued enthusiasm, organisation and fantastic communication skills she has carried on delivering to the project and the LOOK community remind me why this is a brilliant place to work and be a part of.

Sania, like so many of our mentors, has faced different challenges in her own life. These are things that must be tedious, saddening, frustrating and anger-inducing all in good measure. Yet Sania continues to keep pushing herself and participating in projects that help other VIPs.

From providing emotional, encouraging mentoring support to a young person, to speaking openly and directly on our podcast about Periods, Sania brings energy and peer-to-peer support to all she does.

This year has been a challenge like no other; Sania lives alone and although she has wonderful neighbours and friends, for many months Sania did not have a hug or physical contact with anyone. She shared these challenges with her mentor community – this takes courage and in turn she supported others.

Through the challenge of lockdown Sania also continued to apply for jobs and we are thrilled for her now she has found a full-time role. Well done Sania, your perseverance and ability to find the positives have done you proud. Thank you so much for being a part of the team and we look forward to supporting your next mentoring connection in the future.’

Sani mentee wanted to share this message:

“Sania was always there for me with words of support, having listened to what I said. This safe place to talk things through has been really helpful for me. Thank you Sania, you were always responsive to my messages and what I had to say.”

Meet Sania

“I am Sania, 25  and live independently in my own flat in Chester. My hobbies are baking/cooking, listening to music, reading, socialising, theatre, travelling and watching movies and TV.

I studied English Literature at University and graduated with a 2:1 in 2017. Since then, I have been doing voluntary work with Sightline (providing emotional support over the telephone to people with sight loss) and LOOK as a mentor and also very recently gaining employment with the Co-op as a Customer Service Apprentice.

I wanted to become a mentor as I love to help others wherever possible as I find this very rewarding. Enabling them to achieve their goals and reaching their potential in whatever aspects of their life they wish to pursue means that I can encourage them to do all they can to be the best they can be. It makes me feel great to know that I can be there for someone who needs support.

For anyone else who is currently a mentor or wanting to become one, my tips are to just be yourself, build a good rapport with the person who you are mentoring and just go with the flow and see where your journey together takes you!”

To find out more about LOOK’s mentoring service, click here.