We spend time in each of the three secondary schools and to a lesser degree some of the juniors schools meeting with students on a one-to-one basis for mentoring. The students get referred to us by teachers; with varying issues, from something in their past they are struggling to move on from, to forgetting to do their homework, from having a hard time at home to needing to put routines in place to get to school on time.
We will usually meet with students for 20-30 minutes at a time but how long this goes on for can vary a lot depending on the situation and the need.
It is a real privilege to be able to help students in these moments in their lives that are so formative in their journey through school. It can be very challenging but is hugely rewarding as they start to see a way through the issue they are dealing with. We are there to offer advice and help guide them but so often the students just need a listening ear so they can voice their concerns and often work out the answers themselves.
There is one boy recently that has been struggling with panic attacks but hasn’t really been able to say much about them or what causes them. This last week he was finally able to let it all out and talk about the anger he has inside from things he has experienced in his past and how that affects him now. You could see the relief in his face that he was finally able to talk about it and we can now start to work through it and move past it!