Year 5 pupil; 10 year old James will be taking part in the Sutton Coldfield Duathlon this Saturday in aid of the Our Place Mentoring Scheme.
The mentoring scheme which works in schools across North Birmingham and accepts private referrals for support offers individuals the opportunity to make positive changes in their lives through one to one mentoring sessions.
James explained why he chose to raise money for the community organisation:
“I want to raise money for Our Place as they help my friend, Dan, who has Autism.”
James added that he wants to do this for Dan because he is a good friend and he always supports him when he needs help or is sad.
Dans parent said:
“Our Place help Dan by mentoring him at school, the sessions are really valuable for Dan as they discuss lots of different issues and situations and how to stay calm and cope with things when they feel too much. The sessions help address Dan’s low self esteem and negative perceptions.”
Our Place support children from aged 6 through to adults on a huge range of challenges including managing stress, dealing with family breakdown and understanding feeling and emotions. Mentoring sessions take place weekly for between 12 weeks and 12 months depending on need. More information can be found on their website www.ourplacecommunityhub.org
The Duathlon is in Sutton Park, Boldmere Gate and James’ start time is 11.40am on Saturday morning. Those that would like to support James can sponsor him online at https://localgiving.org/fundraising/jamesduathlon
Kelly Round, CEO at Our Place said:
“We were thrilled to hear that James wanted to raise funds for Our Place and that our work has not only supported Dan who was referred to our mentoring scheme but also those around him too.”