Richard Mullins What do you enjoy about working for Sova? That each day is different, you could be training volunteers one day and out the next day meeting young people and their carers. At anyone one time we have at least 80 young people supported by the project and attached to each young person is a social worker or youth justice worker, parents and carers, many other professionals as well as their volunteer. I never stop talking so the job is perfect for me. How do you feel the work benefits those you work with? With the relationships on the Sova Hull Independent Visitors Project being long term it really does give the young person a consistent, reliable, adult role model. They build up trusting friendships and will often talk to their volunteers about issues that trouble them. It can be anything from not having contact with a family member or chatting about make-up and boyfriends. It is very special and unique relationship and I can honestly say that all the young people attached to the project gain confidence and self-esteem but most of all they all enjoy it. The MENTOR project gives a young person attached to the youth justice service the opportunity to look at their own life style and areas they need to build on or change. It could be as simple as looking at new activities in their local area from the build a bike project to joining youth clubs or football teams; or looking at education or employment whatever they need to steer them away from crime. If you could tell people about the work you do or the impact Sova has, what would you say? I would say did you know that every child in care is entitled to have an independent visitor and those attached to the youth justice service a mentor. You could be that someone who can really make a difference in a young person’s life. What is your proudest moment working for Sova? Standing at the top of a drop slide and looking around the room at all my volunteers and young people at our annual party and thinking when did we get so big? And seeing how happy everyone was.