We’re delighted to announce our March Mentor of the Month is Matt!

We’d like to thank Matt for being so generous with his time and ideas, for consistently supporting LOOK’s mission, and for all the energy he brings to the mentor team.

Matt’s drive to share knowledge is part of what makes him a great asset in our work supporting VI young people, whether that’s through his connection with his mentees or as a role model at our events.

Matt is a dedicated, proactive and ambitious mentor who inspires hard work, but who also has a great sense of fun and lots of time for laughter.

Matt, we know that we are stronger for having you as part of our mentor team and the LOOK family, so thank you!

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

Congratulations to you Matt for your well-deserved award of Mentor of the Month!

I have had the privilege of working with Matt on the mentoring programme over the past year and have seen a huge desire in him to help others, always maintaining a professional and consistent attitude.

Matt is a motivated mentor and patient with his partnerships, he takes his time to understand and work in a way that suits his mentee, showing his selflessness and determination.

I am very grateful for all your dedication to the project! Keep up the great work!

Meet Matt

Image of Matt smiling at the camera wearing a dark grey suit, blue shirt and striped tie
Matt Johnson

“My name is Matt Johnson, and I’m a data privacy lawyer based in the midlands.

I learned about LOOK 3 years ago from a friend and was instantly impressed by the organisation’s focus on independence, confidence and upward mobility.

Finally, I thought, there was a charity whose message stressed the things that blind young people were capable of, rather than sacrificing our autonomy on the altar of potential donations.

It is easy to cite statistics about how few VI people are in higher education or the low number of us in gainful employment. I became a mentor because I believe that the only way to improve those realities is if we lend our advice, our help and a listening ear to those younger VI people who are struggling to find their own way.

I feel that being a mentor has made me a better communicator, and a more empathetic person.

It is my hope that by mentoring, I can help other people avoid some of the pitfalls I dealt with, and enable them to find their own success.”

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.