When I initially applied to volunteer with Catch22 as an Appropriate Adult at the beginning of 2013, I was under the illusion that this was the only service they offered. I had found out about the charity through my local Police Station when inquiring about the role of Appropriate Adults. However during an information evening in 2013, I discovered that there was much more to Catch22 as a charity.
After attending an information evening for prospective volunteers I decided that I would be interested in volunteering as a Mentor. I was informed that the role only required a couple of hours a week commitment. Time commitment was important as my schedule was already limited between studying a two year intensive law degree, three children and other volunteering commitments.
I thought that mentoring would be a good opportunity for increasing the diverse range of people I interacted with. Mentoring would also help me to continue to develop my interpersonal skills. I also believed that mentoring would be rewarding, giving back to the local community. This was particularly important to me after being mentored during my first year at The University of Northampton, by a member of Shoosmiths. Two years later and I still believe that my Mentor was responsible for shaping my career path!