Speed Mentoring 2017

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.


WOHAA winners trip to India 2015-16

The winners of WOHAA 2015-16 have just returned from a fantastic trip visiting the school supported by the Wings of Hope in Chennai, India. Here they had the opportunity to teach the students lessons such as Spanish, Latin, French, History, Maths, and English. But it was not all hard work: the winners also enjoyed playing with the children and teaching them some new games. On the final day at the school, the winners partook in a cultural exchange programme with the students. This gave both the visitors and the students the chance to showcase their talents, and learn some new skills from one another. The school went out of its way to welcome the students, and served them delicious local cuisine daily.


Speed Mentoring 2016


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!



Students respond charitably to Chennai Floods


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

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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 new self-publishing start-up by



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.


Personalised Christmas Sacks

Limited Edition Personalised Christmas Sacks



A very kind supplier to Harrods and Selfridges has agreed to help The Wings of Hope with a special edition of these personalised Christmas sacks. Great for gifting to children, couples, and for the presents around the Christmas tree. These limited edition sacks will have a gold foil frame around the artwork and cannot be purchased anywhere else.How to personalise

You can have any name printed on them (max. 12 letters for the first name, max. 20 letters for the second name)

How to order

Send an email with your name, email address, contact number and delivery address with the name you want printed on the sack to info@thewingsofhope.org or call up 020 8438 1598 (09:00-17:30hrs)

Payment to be made here: https://www.justgiving.com/SupremeAwards

Charity Number 1099685






WOHAA Semi-finalists visit Buckingham Palace

WOHAA Semi-finalists 2014-15, were very privileged to be given a fantastic opportunity to visit Buckingham Palace today. A private Tour Guide was arranged for us, who explained history of the magnificent State Rooms which provide the setting for ceremonial occasions. She also explained in great detail about the priceless paintings hung on the walls and also the room which was full of gifts presented to the Queen.


We finished off the tour with special tea and refreshments provided to us by
the Palace!


Since photography was not permitted within the rooms, we show here all of us having Royal Tea!!



Work experience at Tata Consultancy Services

“The opportunity for work experience ay Tata Consultancy Services, one of the biggest IT companies in the world was a really valuable and interesting experience. I learnt a number of different things and encountered new things as well . One of the major new things that I learnt was the knowledge of what working in an office environment is like and what different jobs in IT are and what specifically they do . I have gained a larger insight into work at an office and it has widened my options for my career in the future. The shadowing of the employees was quite useful as we were able to learn more and more about that specific job and more about the people who work there. That experience was quite enjoyable as we were able to learn about their jobs in specific and also get to do a couple of activities regarding TCS and IT in general. Overall, Mission You was a success for me and it will definitely a valuable experience given to me by WOHAA which, I am sure will help me in the future.”


WOHAA winner – Vikrant Rasalingam




“My name is Sujen Ravindra and I went to the TCS Work Experience program.
The program was called Mission You and began with an introduction to the company on Monday.  On Monday, I learnt a lot about the company itself and what goes on in each of the sectors within it.On Wednesday, I went to the finance department (we were allowed to choose two to go) to shadow the department and find out what goes on. I went in a group of 7 people to talk to the senior manager of finance. I learnt about what happens in finance and what a normal day involves. The shadowing of the department was very helpful as gave me great insight into the department and what goes on there. The main highlight of the program was when we had to create ideas to meet the brief as it was the most creative part. I really enjoyed the experience overall and I would gladly take part in it again, as it was very valuable.”


WOHAA winner – Sujen Ravindra




“On Monday 27th July 2015, we took part in the TCS work placement scheme at the Tata Consultancy Services in central London. Every single day was fun-filled with many useful things to be learning about as well as working on the assignment..Whilst working on this assignment we all got the chance to go and visit one of the sectors of TCS and I chose to go to Finance. On Wednesday upon my visit to the finance department I had learnt so important things about the finance industry as well as it giving me a great insight about what to do in the future and what the job would be like. Along the course of the week I met so many new people who were also taking part’ and I had great fun spending time with new people and working with them lisinopril medication. I’m glad to say that I’ve had a great adventurous week and it has been an amazing opportunity to look at different career paths and see work in action. I’ve had the best time working at TCS and meeting new people and making friends – I’m thankful for the wings of hope for giving me this chance and also TCS for having us there as it truly was an amazing week.)”


WOHAA winner – Janika Patel



“In the work experience, I learnt a lot about the business world and how a program is developed from a simple idea, to a fully functional software, that is used in day-to-day life. On the first, day it was slightly awkward, meeting with people that I had never seen before. However, this was soon eradicated, as I got to know others, through working together for a project.  In addition to this, I were able to talk with people from the Information Technology industry, from Tata Consultancies Services, to be precise and learn about how a typical day for them would look like. I was also able to determine the ways in which I could become a potential candidate for an International Technology company. I also learnt the diversity of the industry, with around fifty people with the same job, ten types of jobs for each sector and around five sectors for a branch of the company. This makes a total of two thousand five hundred people working under the same branch of a company, making an opening for various types of jobs in the Information Technology industry. In terms of skills, I have developed my communication skills, my time-management skills and organisation skills. These were clearly shown through my need to keep a record of how much I did each day and time myself accordingly, so that I would finish in the week provided. I was also required to talk to people, so that they understood what they had to do. Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed the experience and appreciate being given this opportunity. Thank you WOHAA.”


WOHAA Winner – Shiva Pingle


“The work experience that I participated in was a very rewarding experience. I made several new friends and have learnt a great deal about working in an IT consulting firm. I really enjoyed  working in a group to come up with a solution to a task that we had been given. I also greatly enjoyed the shadowing of different departments and would love to have the opportunity to do it again. Our liaison Sofia, was really helpful and a great source of guidance during the week. “



WOHAA winner – Jessica Abbott