In­volve­ment is an ‘ab­so­lute priv­i­lege’ says co­or­di­na­tor

Rosie Ivins has 20 years of ex­pe­ri­ence in sup­port­ing Dundee’s chil­dren

The Courier & Advertiser (Dundee Edition) - - NEWS - Michael alexan­der malexan­der@the­courier.co.uk

The se­nior co­or­di­na­tor for the schools­side of the BREAK­THROUGH Dundee men­tor­ing project, based in Mor­gan Academy, has de­scribed her in­volve­ment as an “ab­so­lute priv­i­lege”.

Born, bred and ed­u­cated in Dundee, Rosie Ivins has been work­ing to pro­vide sup­port to the city’s most de­serv­ing chil­dren and young peo­ple for the last 20 years.

Fol­low­ing on from var­i­ous roles within the ed­u­ca­tion and so­cial work sec­tors, she stud­ied for a de­gree in Com­mu­nity Learn­ing and De­vel­op­ment, where she dis­cov­ered her real pas­sion – youth work.

She said: “My last post within Dundee City Coun­cil’s East Youth Work Team saw me de­liver both one-to-one sup­port and tar­geted group work to young peo­ple in need.

“Be­ing af­forded the op­por­tu­nity to build re­la­tion­ships with these young peo­ple, and to watch them de­velop and

I am hugely ex­cited by the prospect of mak­ing more pos­i­tive con­nec­tions in my role. ROSIE IVINS

grow, has been an ab­so­lute priv­i­lege, and I am hugely ex­cited by the prospect of mak­ing more pos­i­tive con­nec­tions in my role of se­nior co-or­di­na­tor for BREAK­THROUGH Dundee.”

Rosie said it was im­por­tant to work with young peo­ple in the project and not just for them.

She added: “We started with a fo­cus group. These young peo­ple have very much helped with the de­sign of the project.

“My job is to over­see the re­la­tion­ship with the men­tor and the mentee to make sure things are mov­ing for­ward smoothly and pro­duc­tively.

“I also de­liver group work to the first and sec­ond years to pre­pare them for the men­tor­ing.

“We are out now try­ing to re­cruit as many as we can who will take on Dundee’s young peo­ple who de­serve a chance.

“School is not al­ways a straight­for­ward route for them all. The young peo­ple have of­ten hadalot they’ve come up against. We want to give them sec­ond, third, fourth, fifth chances – as many as they need – and widen their op­por­tu­ni­ties and as­pi­ra­tions.

“The idea is we take a hand-picked men­tor who is right for this young per­son and they have a min­i­mum of a year, even two, that is firmly em­bed­ded and move for­ward with trust as well.”

Pic­ture: Mhairi Ed­wards.

The team, from left: BREAK­THROUGH se­nior school co­or­di­na­tor for Mor­gan Academy Rosie Ivins, CEO Su­san Dun­can, chair­man El­lis Wat­son, men­tor ser­vices man­ager Laura Ber­tie and grad­u­ate in­tern Ailie Bryson.

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