Having volunteered to support the project, February found me in snow fallen Bicester attending a training day on ‘Mentoring’ run by Carmelina Lawton Smith from Finch Training Services in association with Oxford Brookes and Oyap. A vibrant, question posing day that really highlighted for me how the term ‘mentor’ covers such a broad church and far and away outmatched any previous training I’ve attended on this topic. Four weeks later and @Beccafruit is on the phone to see if I’m a suitable candidate to act as her mentor. I haven’t laughed as much in ages and was delighted (and suprised) when after some thought she emailed to ask if I would be her mentor for the Young Leaders project. Becca plans to become a fully fledged Producer of Art events and happenings/projects/exciting stuff. You can see her first vlog here http://beccart.wordpress.com/
Our first meeting ended up in ‘George and Danvers’ down the road from Modern Art Oxford which was our initial destination (until we discovered it was closed for refurbishment). We talked, listened, fuelled up with coffee, set some goals, drew some pictures, shaped some slippery plans and ideas into something more definable and easier to hold on to and pondered roles and challenges. We’ve just had our second meeting, I have been bowled over by Becca’s efficiency and organisation, she showed me some of the work she’s collated so far for her Arts Award and some of the fruits of her consultation work with young people for an ‘intergenerational’ project and told me all about the work and further plans she and her fellow ‘young leaders’ have got for their shared and individual projects. I am so excited, for them, for OYAP and for everyone they will be working with. I want to shout about all of their plans and creativity from the spires of Oxford, I’m so excited by their ideas and work thus far. Oyap have done them proud but I’m not allowed to tell you, so you’ll have to wait and hear about it via Oyaps blog here http://oyaptrust.wordpress.com/ which you must, you really must.