It’s that time of the month again – our favourite time, actually! – when we celebrate a LOOK mentor who is knocking it out of the park with their mentoring skills.

Read on to find out why Elin Williams, our Volunteer Development Coordinator, has nominated LOOK mentor Bryony.

Why has Bryony won this award?

‘We first met Bryony at LOOKFest 2019 (where her little boy stole all of our hearts)! Since then she has joined our ranks as one of our most committed, considerate and wonderful mentors.

The compassion and care Bryony has for others really shines through, whether that be in her written messages to her mentees or at events with parents or other mentors. Bryony’s empathy is what makes her such an amazing mentor.

Bryony, we truly value how helpful, resourceful and proactive you are. Your thoughtful, reassuring nature combined with your brilliant sense of humour are just some of the qualities that make you a true joy to work with.

You have such a lovely way with young people. We are so happy to have you as part of the mentoring team and #LOOKFamily!

Don’t just take our word for it!

Bryony’s mentee tells us why this nomination comes as no surprise:

‘I am delighted to hear that Bryony has been nominated mentor of the month. She has been an outstanding mentor. Honestly, it’s been nice having someone to talk with that understands my situation. I felt this the most when shielding.

I found shielding very tough to handle. Having someone like Bryony to talk with was great. I’d felt quite hopeless at the time with college. I wasn’t sure what I could do with my course coming to an end. Bryony sharing her experiences of university inspired me to look into courses.

Thanks to some great advice, I applied to do counselling and psychotherapy. Bryony is an amazing mentor and I’m grateful for the advice given over the last year.’

Meet Bryony

‘My name is Bryony and I am a LOOK mentor. I first got involved with LOOK when I visited LOOKFest with my family. I was instantly blown away I knew I had to be part of this organisation.

I am a severely sight impaired mum of a fully sighted son – he is six years old and my absolute world.

I’ve been a mentor for nearly 2 years now and loved every bit of it; I get involved in everything I can, I love it.

I’ve made new friends and even encouraged people to sign up to be mentors. I’m incredibly proud to be part of an organisation that has been amazing for people during lockdown; for such a small charity it’s gone above and beyond, and I’m looking forward to seeing where it can go in the future and how many more people we can help.’

LOOK provides a free, tailored peer-mentoring service that connects VI young people with a trained VI mentor to offer advice, support and guidance on subjects such as school, Further & Higher Education, careers, opportunities and independent living, based on the mentor’s own experiences.

You can find out more about our mentoring service, here.