Thirty applications from year 10 students were received for the 8 places on the first programme which
will begin in January 2013. When applying to Children in Need LOT drew inspiration from the successful
Duo Deo project, (May 1999) which still demonstrates long-term benefit.
The group of dedicated year 10 Befrienders completed their course in Peer Mentoring and successfully
started to practise their new found skills with their enthusiastic year 7 group.
Here are some of their reflections:
- "Using lunchtime to create something worthwhile and action our ideas "
- "It has given me an insight to helping others "
The group received Easter Eggs from Variety
- "I feel that my yr 7 student has become a little more outgoing"
- "Using my own similar experiences to suggest ideas e.g. struggling with English"
- "I'm pleased when they listen and come back having achieved their goals"
- "It's a good idea having a mentor"
- "He gave me new ideas I liked meeting people like him"
- "It's good, there's nothing I would change"
- "It's useful to have someone to talk to and help me when I have a problem"
- "I'd like to change where we have it, be in a bigger place "
- "It is great and brilliant fun and nice because you have got someone to say 'hi' to every day "
Leon Wolfe, who had been assisting Ros Jeal, took over as coordinator in the autumn 2013.
Ros Jeal left the project at the end of the summer term to take up a full-time post with another
charity in west Cornwall.