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Mentor of the Month: Maria!

We are so excited to announce our April Mentor of the month, the fantastic Maria. Read on to find out why we think Maria rocks!

Our ‘Mentor of the Month’ Award shows our appreciation at LOOK for all of the hard work that each mentor does as volunteers for our charity.

We’re delighted to announce our April Mentor of the Month is Maria!

As one of the first mentors to be trained in Sussex, we are so impressed and grateful for the enthusiasm, dedication and support Maria has brought to our mentor team in the short time she’s been involved so far.

We want to take this opportunity to celebrate the excellent impact Maria is having with her mentee and in the wider community.

A message from Sydney, LOOK’s Mentor Project Officer.

“Maria has been a fabulous example of what our mentoring project is all about.

She and her mentee communicate more often than all the other partnerships in Sussex. Maria has responded to every question her mentee has asked her professionally, kindly and promptly.

Maria is an amazing self-advocate and a fantastic role-model.

Maria finds the time to work at her day job in retail as well as striving toward her goal of working in the disability inclusion field.

Her employers are encouraging her to get involved with disability inclusion and advocacy including presenting to higher management on the subject. I know Maria is hoping to do more work in the disability and inclusion field and I think she is perfect for this.

Her own successes and future aspirations offer amazing encouragement and hope to her mentee.

Thank you and well done Maria!”

A word from Maria’s mentee, Katie.

“Maria, has been very helpful because she has helped me to believe in myself a bit more. She helped me through a difficult situation and then helped me to build my confidence back up.

I have loved getting to know Maria, she is an awesome mentor. Maria has helped me to grow in confidence and to talk about my visual impairment to people.

I think Maria is very well deserving of this award and I’m so pleased for her. Well done Maria”

Meet Maria

Video of LOOK mentor Maria sat on the sofa wearing a pale blue top

Registered blind at 14 years old, Maria felt she would have benefited from having a mentor that understood what she was going through, which is why she joined the LOOK mentoring scheme, to give something back.

Top Tips

Maria’s top tip for other mentors is “Be honest in your communication, I don’t have the answer to every question from my mentee but I can go away and research it and educated myself as well as helping my mentee.”

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.

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