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November 4, 2021

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Paxton employees to volunteer as student mentors

Brighton-based technology manufacturer Paxton, has partnered with the LoveLocalJobs Foundation and Patcham High School, to provide student mentors for its Dare to Dream programme.

Paxton’s volunteers are working with Patcham High School in Brighton, to inspire an entire cohort of year 9 students to ‘Dare to Dream’.

The UK security manufacturer’s volunteers will then individually mentor 15 students who will benefit most from their support.

Nicola O’Donnell, HR Director at Paxton, explains: “We are delighted to finally be working more closely with LoveLocalJobs, and their Dare to Dream programme.

“This allows us to work with other Brighton businesses in schools to support and encourage younger generations to achieve their future goals and desires.

“Our five business mentors are extremely excited to be working with students from Patcham High School.”

Dare to Dream aims to challenge and inspire young people to reach their full potential. The initiative was created by the LoveLocalJobs Foundation, working in partnership with Sussex schools and colleges to provide students with mentors from local businesses and organisations.

Christina Fishlock, who works for the foundation as their Head of Community Programmes, explains: “Dare to Dream supports local Sussex students by raising aspirations. It’s about challenging the way students think so they understand the wonderful things they can achieve.

“The feedback we receive is always really positive with schools seeing an improvement in attendance, behaviour and achievements. We also gather data which shows that students are more confident and in tune with their skills after taking part in the programme.”

Alongside the inspirational talks, the students will take part in a series of interactive workshops prior to a working visit at Paxton’s HQ in Brighton. The syllabus is delivered around the core themes of self-awareness, mindset, gratitude, resilience, teamwork, and employability. The mentors who deliver this guidance use their own life experiences and professional knowledge to drive and motivate the students.

Christina concludes: “The last 18 months have been so difficult for young people. Schools have seen two academic years disrupted, and the impact has been significant in terms of affecting confidence and mental health. It is more important than ever that we give young people the support they need.

“We can’t run programmes like this without support from organisations like Paxton. What they bring is a growing and innovative business, with a commitment to support their local community. As a tool to inspire young people, you can’t ask for a better partner.”

Hear more from on Paxton’s mentoring scheme, here – or watch the short video below.

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