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talk2me
talk2me aged 63
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Male , 63

I'm Dave - a very young 53 year old. Spent loads of time with young people - when I was a teen I was running Venture Scout Units, then I had a big break for bringing up a family. Later I set up and ran a very successfull Youth Group - music, football, snooker, crafts, unihok - now that did knacker me! Helped the local cubs, ran the cycle awareness courses, helped with residentials at the local school. In the last 5 years I've been a mentor with the Youth Offending Service and now I work managing a mentoring project for young unemployed adults - I deal with barriers to getting into work like addictions, crime, mental health issues and just those that have lost their way in life.

Life experiences

Self Harm

Through my work managing a mentoring project I have learnt a lot about self-harm - talked to those involved, listened to their stories and come to recognise a lot of people just want someone that will listen without being judged or told to go and see a doctor.

Low Self Esteem

Loads of young people suffer from low self esteem but few realise that very often it came about because of something that has happened to them in the past - talk it through - it seems to help.

Lost your way in life

Its happened to us all at some time - sometimes at a young age, others later in life. It really does help to talk it through and listen to alternative suggestions that you may never have even considered before.

Why mentor on horsesmouth?

I live, dream and breath mentoring young people! I love my job managing a mentoring project. I get a real kick out of seeing someone go away and say 'thanks, that really helped'. I have 3 teenage sons - 17, 20 and 21 so I hear from them whats going on with young people, what can help and whats wrong with the help on offer.

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