Another year, another successful Speed Mentoring event!
On Saturday 4th February, hundreds of students descended on the Royal College of Surgeons in central London for WOHAA’s Speed Mentoring afternoon.
The idea behind the event is to demystify the world of work, which is done by bringing together mentors from a range of industries – law, medicine, drama, banking & technology (just to name a few!) – to give students insight into how to succeed in their chosen career.
The event began with an inspiring talk given by Matthew Gwyther, the award-winning editor of Management Today, before the mentoring got underway.
Mimicking a speed-dating format, students rotated around several tables, packing in as many questions as possible before the gong sounded and it was on to the next mentor.
The event proved a fantastic success, with students rating it on average 8.8/10. One student said they appreciated how not only did the mentors give out industry-specific advice, but “guidance for life and decisions in general”, while another valued the opportunity to see “different perspectives and learning ways into the industry”. Many students also commented on how friendly and approachable all the mentors were.
It was standing-room only on Saturday 30th January at the Royal College of Surgeons where we held our 5th annual
Representatives from the Arts, Sciences, Business and the Professions came together to talk to our WOHAA students about what they do and how they came to do it. Feedback from both students and mentors was incredibly positive and a good time was had by all!
Special thanks goes out to our Senior Mentor, Tunji Akintokun, Director at Cisco, for his inspirational remarks on the day.
It was wonderful to meet so many of our inspiring students and we are so happy to see the progress you are all making with WOHAA!
The terrible floods which wreaked havoc in Chennai last month proved a great spur for students at the Wings of Hope project school to come up with their own initiatives to help the needy. They put together 500 food packages over a period of three days which they distributed at Amudha Nagar, Vellakkal, Tambaram and Ambetkar Nagar. They also collected pots and pans to distribute to flood victims enabling them to cook their own food during these difficult times.
Chennai floods – The recent floods in Chennai, brought devastation to thousands across the city.
Children at our Slum tuition project were also greatly affected by heavy rains.
SAVE Trust our partner organisation for this project, undertook relief work along with the help of local
welfare organisations, churches and temples and lots of volunteers to help the children and their parents.
Essential food, like biscuits, drinking water, milk and medicines were distributed.
There is a lot of work still to be done on getting things back to normal. It would take several months.
We thank people who have donated for this cause.
Butterfly books launch their new self-publishing start-up by publishing two books ‘My mummy is an Engineer ‘ and ‘My Mummy is a Plumber’.
Launched at the beautiful venue of The Cartoon Museum, in Central London, this well attended event, was in line with what we at Wings of Hope are doing for our students. Preparing them for the world of work, and to think outside the box.
Butterfly books, also very kindly chose us as one of their charities for donations.
Thank you Kerrin Bryan.