Hi, my name is Gemma and I have recently started working with the Flourish Project!
I graduated from Nexus ICA in July ‘18 with a BA Hons Degree in Popular Music and Worship and have been attempting to navigate my way through “adult life” since (what does that even mean?!), including getting engaged to my wonderful Fiance, Joe, who also helps out as a mentor for Rooted. We are set to get married in August 2019 and the time is just flying by!
My passions include singing, photography, crochet, painting… most things creative really! I also adore most animals and used to dream of having my own farm because I could never decide what I wanted to have as a pet, so my plan was to just have them all! However, since moving to Coventry in 2014, I have fallen in love with the city (an unpopular opinion, I know) and the surrounding areas, and to me, there is something really significant about being in the heart of the country.
I am loving working with the Flourish project; having started off expecting to be doing some Admin, Content Creation and Networking, I was very surprised to find Hannah encouraging me pretty much straight away to consider becoming a Mentor, and beginning to deliver some of the sessions! Being a fairly introverted person this at first was quite overwhelming to me, but one of my passions is to help young people figure out how to thrive in their world, so all insecurities aside, there is a much greater purpose here, and I have LOVED the time I’ve spent in schools and helping Hannah develop the programme.
I found my teenage years extremely difficult, lacking in self-confidence and self-worth, but am glad to have more of a grasp on my identity and purpose and would love to do all I can to help as many young people not have to go through some of the things I did.
“Be who you needed when you were younger!” Is a principle I stand by and am hoping I can live up to!
I especially love seeing young people exploring the “big issues” they may not get the opportunity to in an average school day, figuring out more about who they are, what their dreams are and what they think about the world they live in.
I’m also really keen to encourage more conversation around mental health, thankful that it is no longer the ‘taboo’ subject it once was, and hopeful that my own experience can help and encourage others in their time of need too!
I would really urge anyone who wishes to make an impact in their communities and in the lives of young people to seriously consider becoming a mentor for the Flourish Project, it is honestly such an exciting and rewarding project to be a part of, so why not see for yourselves, and get involved?