Here Atinuke talks about having a mentor at school.
TranscriptIf I’m not happy with certain things then I’d go see her every week. And then she’ll help me with like, if there’s any friendship issues, there never usually is but if someone's had, if we’ve had an argument we’ll, me and my friends will all go up to the support room or speak with her, because she usually sorts everything out for us. Mentoring helps me quite a lot, confident wise, talking about my disability or my condition. I never used to. (talk about it) still now I’m still a bit (reluctant)… but, there’s no point in being like that because it’s never going to help me, it’s not going to help anyone else so.
So yeah, she’s helped me a lot, being able to accept it. If I’ve not wanted to tell someone else I’ve always told her, and she’s gone to sort it out for me. Things like that or I’ve told my mum to tell her and she’s sorted it out. It’s not just for people with disabilities so some people go up for anger management. I used to go up for anger management. Some people go up for emotional (support), some people go up for grief.
It's different things, it’s not just people with disabilities. I think there should always be someone that a student should be able to feel themselves with and be able to talk to in a more relaxed kind of environment because the support block is quite relaxed.
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