This week I caught up with one of our mentors, (Sally) and her mentee (Christina). They’ve been meeting every fortnight for a year and meeting them both is like intruding on old friends. The picture is of a card that Christina bought for Sally to say thank you. What’s so special about the volunteer mentoring relationship is how much they both get out of it. Sally is cautious of not using cliches, but talks of how amazingly rewarding it is to unlock potential and nudge Christina to do things she wouldn’t otherwise get round to. And these aren’t small little things. These are things that if Christina hadn’t been nudged to do them, could have eventually led to homelessness. It’s clear they’re going to miss each other, but Christina also recognises the progress she’s made. I have such respect for Christina because she gave it a go and was open to the possibility of change and challenge. She’s such a convert to mentoring that she’s even agreed to help us gently persuade other young people to get involved. If you’d like to be a volunteer mentor, please get in touch.