What is your role?

I am the Mentoring Coordinator for South Wales.

Describe your Pact journey so far?

I joined Pact Futures in January 2016, where I began working on the Through The Gate Project. This was a new contract Pact Futures had recently won, which I found very appealing due to my “passion for the underdog”. It all started with a fantastic week of training covering key training components such as professional boundaries, safeguarding, and managing volunteers. Since then it has been all systems go, with the launch of the service now well established in both the prisons and the community across the South Wales region. It has been a fantastic experience. 

What does a typical day at work look like for you?

A typical day will involve ensuring all of the mentors who are out engaging with service users in the prisons/community have all the information they need, whilst building up relationships with key stakeholders to ensure that service users have the best possible support available when released from custody.

What have you got from working at Pact?

I have gained a wealth of knowledge about the services associated with prison leavers, whilst also learning many new skills from the variety of training/workshops available throughout the year. I have also been supported by my colleagues whilst building a strong cohort of mentors across South Wales.

What is the best thing about working at Pact?

The day to day support shown from all members of staff…. And of course the generous amount of annual leave!

What are you most proud of achieving at Pact?

In the summer of 2016 at the Big Get Together, I was awarded the Community Leader Award for demonstrating leadership in recruiting and mobilising members of the local community in impactful voluntary action, and I am really proud of this recognition.