Jessie is 17 and is a Hyde Housing resident in Stockwell. Jessie suffers from low self-esteem which has caused to her pass up on work and other opportunities. She’s been coming to BIGKID for a few years now so we encouraged her to join the mentoring programme. Sylvia works in PR at Hyde Housing and was keen to mentor Jessie. They usually meet once a month in cafés near to Jessie’s school.
“I like Syliva because she is encouraging, she is up to date, she knows what people my age are up to these days and tries to follow it. She understands what we are going through which makes it easier to talk to her. Someone else might not understand but she does.”
In the first few meetings Jessie and Sylvia agreed that they would work together to help Jessie grow her confidence especially when speaking to people she doesn’t know and in class. “Jessie told me that she got nervous even when talking to her friends which really struck me and I knew this was a key area for us to work on. I arranged for Jessie to complete her work experience week here at Hyde Housing as she didn’t have a placement arranged by her school.
Over 4 days, Jessie worked with the communcations, development and HR departments at the Lambeth office. “I especially enjoyed the comms team, working with the social media side of things. They said that if I wanted to go back I could have an apprenticeship offer, which could lead to a job. It was good. I gained more knowledge abou