Murray – mentee
After working in the charity sector for 14 years and practising Taekwon-Do for 10, Murray Begg decided to combine the two and set-up TKD180: a charity aimed at turning around the lives of those facing inclusion barriers through the provision of martial arts and fitness coaching.
“It was quite a challenge to start the charity whilst working full-time and being a parent of two children. I remember the day I received notification of acceptance from the Charity Commission, a mixture of happiness and dread at how much work was ahead!”
Several months passed and Murray had made little progress in developing the project. When a colleague recommended the Community Works mentoring programme, Murray knew what he needed to do and applied to become a mentee.
“I highlighted my need for a mentor who would challenge, support, and help me overcome my barriers, as well as offering their strategical input and experience. I was accepted on to the programme and after attending an informal, matching workshop I was paired with my first choice.”
Having agreed upon expectations and commitments at their initial meeting, Murray and his mentor met once a month.
“My mentor would skillfully elicit what I wanted to achieve and would contribute his valuable thoughts and ideas. The process allowed me to address and overcome the barriers I faced and gave me fresh impetus and motivation to make it work. I left every meeting with a clear plan for the next four weeks.”
After seven months, Murray had made valuable, strategic local connections; he was able to redefine the project’s mission statement, and had written two funding applications – one of which was successful. “What fantastic developments! If I hadn’t taken part in the programme it is very unlikely TKD180 would be in the position to begin turning lives around.”
“The Community Works facilitators were all so welcoming, friendly, and supportive, as were the fellow participants. I would highly recommend this programme to anyone who needs work-related support.“
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