Elin Williams, LOOK’s mentor development officer tells us why Megan has been chosen as Mentor of the Month (MOTM) for November 2022.

The LOOK Mentor of the Month Award aims to show our appreciation at LOOK for all the hard work the mentor team does for us as volunteers for our charity.

Megan, in your mentoring connections, you are consistent, thorough, and always very open. We also know that you are working hard to bring VI people together for support and socialising, both in your local community and within the mentor team by holding your online book club.

We feel very grateful to have you as part of our LOOK family, and want to appreciate you for your enthusiastic support and championing of others.

Thank you Megan for your thoughtful, kind and considered approach to mentoring, and dedication to the wider LOOK family.

A message from Megan’s mentee

‘Megan was a mentor to me shortly after I was diagnosed with my condition, Stargardt’s Disease. At the time I was struggling a lot with accepting my disability, and Megan was always there for me as a friendly person to talk to whenever I needed someone who understood what being visually impaired as a young person is like. As well as helping me to accept my condition and grow in confidence, Megan assisted me with things such as Public Transport and helping me to learn the importance of self-advocacy: something which I still use to this day and will be essential to me as I go off to University in September 2023.

As well as providing me with support, Megan and I also bonded over our love of books – these conversations are some of my highlights from the conversations we used to have.

I am thrilled that Megan has been nominated for Mentor of the Month this month, as if it weren’t for the help she gave me, I would be no where near as confident as I am today.’

Meet Megan

I’m Megan and I’ve been a mentor with LOOK for almost two years now and I’m also a part of the mentors book club.

I wanted to be a mentor because I think it’s a brilliant project that is very important for young VI people.

I’ve loved getting to know the LOOK team and the other mentors and I hope to be more involved in the future.

My main tip for other mentors would be to make connections with each other- you never have all the answers to a mentee’s questions but someone else will.

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.