Matt mentors at Jubilee Primary School in Hackney.

"Becoming a mentor was a straightforward process. I signed up on the website, and the ReachOut team got in touch with details of upcoming training courses and what else I needed to do before I got started.

The training was fantastic - it was really useful and covered things like behaviour management, the curriculum, safeguarding, and best practice mentoring. I felt confident to get started.

There were just a few more things to sort - I logged on for a DBS check (a police background check that all mentoring programmes should undertake), gave ReachOut the names of two referees, and also did a 30 minute online safeguarding follow up training and quiz.

I then chose the project I wanted to get involved in and went along on the first day. The project leader, Ovig, was fantastic. She gave us really detailed plans each week on what we would cover in the session, and was always there to welcome us, run the sessions and sort our any issues. I never felt that there was something I couldn't deal with as Ovig was always on hand with expert guidance.

I can honestly say that mentoring for ReachOut has been the most fun and most challenging thing I have ever done. It has helped me develop lots of new skills such as communication, leadership and has been great for my CV."