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LinkLiving volunteer wins at the Scottish Mentoring Awards.

Published on 23/11/2016

LinkLiving volunteer Rebecca Norman won the Commended Mentor Award at the Scottish Mentoring Awards.

The Scottish Mentoring Awards give recognition to mentors that have made a significant impact in their area. Rebecca won the award after contributing over 500 hours of valued support to SmartLiving in Fife.

Rebecca first got involved with SmartLiving as a participant on the Step Up programme. SmartLiving is a project which helps young people aged 16 – 25 improve their employability skills.

The course requires participants to complete a work placement, and Rebecca worked with staff to support young people in homeless accommodation.

When the placement ended Rebecca stayed with SmartLiving as a volunteer mentor and developed a project of her own.

The project was set up after young women living in homeless accommodation requested a girls group, where they would feel safe sharing experiences and activities.

As part of this group, eight young women meet each Monday to take part in a photography project. They take photos of places and things that are important to them and remind them of their connection to the community. It is hoped that the photographs will be published in a booklet.

The feedback from the courses is that Rebecca’s project has equipped them with greater confidence and self belief.
Rebecca said, “I was really surprised to receive the award! I am proud to represent LinkLiving, and have enjoyed the whole experience. I would recommend volunteering to anyone who is thinking about giving it a try.”

Michael Fong, Employability Project Worker said, “I am personally very proud of Rebecca and her achievement. She is a fantastic volunteer and this award represents her hard work and commitment.” 

The SmartLiving team also won Employability Project of the year at the Awards.