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8 Mar 2017

“Umm no, I’m not your Mum!"

Hannah is an incredible woman. She is our Chief Safeguarding Officer and Mentoring guru, we caught up with her to ask a few questions.

What’s the funniest thing a young person has said to you?
I’ve been called mum on many occasions by the mentees. And I have to be like, “umm no, I’m not your Mum!”

What gets you out of bed each day?
I look forward to coming into work most mornings. I feel excited about what the day might hold, and I enjoy working with my XLP family.

What’s your favourite thing about the area where you work?
I love working with Ethan on the X-Mobile project on Thursday in Lewisham, it’s such a great way to engage with young people, I love the interaction with them.

The X-Mobile project is a police riot van that has been converted into a music recording studio. The van is our way of engaging with young people through music, they learn how to use recording, editing and production equipment. I have the opportunity to have conversations about anything with the young people who come into the van. It’s a really great way to provide a positive activity for young people after school.

If you won the lottery, what would you do with the 50% you don’t give to XLP?
If I had the money, I would set up a Football Academy Trust in memory of Nathaniel. Nathaniel was my youngest son. He was a bright, confident, funny, football crazy, Man United supporter. On the 1st August 2012, just 3 days after celebrating his sixteenth birthday, Nathaniel was stabbed and died at his friend’s house party.

What would be your life motto?
Hope is always present, keep smiling.

What would you say to your 15-year-old self?
That I was born to achieve great things and to impact others.

Who is your role model and why?
Michelle Obama, she’s an amazing woman. I’d love to meet her.

When is a time you have experienced God’s hope?
When Nathaniel died God kept me hopeful, strong and positive.

What’s been the best moment working for XLP?
Meeting the Royal Couple, William and Kate, when they came to visit our bus and hear about our mentoring programme. I became famous, so many people saw me on TV!

If you are interested in mentoring in London or nationally, do get in touch!