Partnership of the Year!
Pestalozzi's very own Student Programme Officer, Fay Fellows, volunteered to mentor Ven Fitchett, a University of Brighton student studying BA Hons Applied Social Science at the Hastings Campus as part of the the award winning Momentum programme.
The programme is run by the University to support black and minority ethnic or disabled students as well as those lacking confidence. Together, Fay and Ven collected the Roffey Park Award from Momentum Partnership of the Year.
|Fay and Ven collecting the Momentum Award
Fay said: "Being a mentor was part of my ongoing professional development plan at Pestalozzi.”Her role included planning and organising the extra-curricular programme, and providing pastoral care, tutoring, and academic counselling to help the students at Pestalozzi International Village apply for University scholarships.
She explained how the mentoring brought benefits to her own organisation: "I attended the coaching skills training provided free of charge by the Momentum Programme and shared some of the strategies with my colleagues in the student programme team. It gave me the opportunity to develop and practice my mentoring skills in a different setting.”
Ven applied to the Momentum programme during her second year. She said: "I was quite excited about meeting Fay because she already had experience of the plans and career options I am hoping to pursue. She helped me to have a positive mind set by helping me to see that I can achieve my goals and aspirations, and has a wealth of knowledge and experience which she used to advise and give me general support. With Fay’s help, this programme has helped to broaden my horizon with regards to future career plans. It has also helped me to grow as a person, and has increased my confidence as well as my grades.”
Fay said: "I really enjoyed meeting with Ven and I saw a big change in her over the year. She really gained confidence, her academic writing really improved, she really engaged with her course and it was a pleasure to see her flourish. It was evident from the outset that she was very organised and hard-working, but I think that extra bit of support I could give really brought out her potential.”
All of us at Pestalozzi would like to personally congratulate Fay and Ven on their joint achievement and good luck to Ven with the next stages of her life!