Mentors

OUR BESPOKE MENTORS

Our ever-growing repertoire of mentors include teachers, professionals, athletes and many more. Whatever your personal needs, or those of your business, we have somebody to match.

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Andy Lewis MBE

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Bethan Jewitt

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Deborah Roberts

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James Baldwin

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Georgianna Jayne

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Chris Powell

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Rachel Done

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Millie Thompson

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Brian Burke

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Elaine Gale

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Sam Vale

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Tom Seaton

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Claire Jewitt

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Andy Lewis MBE

I am one of the directors at Bespoke Mentoring with 4 years of mentoring, a background in elite sport,  years-experience of working in the corporate works and a huge passion for helping others. I am the current reigning Paralympic, World, European & British Triathlon champion honoured with an MBE by HRH Prince William. I am educated with a MSc in Technology, honoured with a doctorate by Bristol University in 2018. I suffer with ADHD & Dyslexia and have done since a small child but never let this stop me.

I am the father of 2 children and love to be outdoors with them whenever possible. In the photo above, I’m pictured on the podium in Rio after winning GOLD.

I love cycling and the freedom it gives me to explore, I am well travelled and visited 6 out of 7 continents, I absolutely thrive on seeing others achieve, I have helped people go from being at their lowest to achieving great things. I have lots of energy and don’t stop until the job is done.

Alongside my role as a mentor, I am experience working with large corporate firms and individuals within the business sector, I continue to mentor children in primary schools and help those with high levels of activity and low aspirations.

I currently work PT as a engagement officer in the Forest of Dean and In this role I support a number of individuals, I have a diploma in mentoring and coaching and triathlon coach.

I don’t have much free time or not that i try to have, I do love Motox and enjoy taking my son away on weekends to ride, listening to music, biking and socialising with friends and other families.

My qualifications and certifications include:

  • Lv 3 Sports Coach
  • Level 3 mentoring and coaching
  • Child Protection trained
  • Mental Health First Aid
  • And many more linked to past positions and statutory safeguarding guidance.

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Bethan Jewitt

I am a semi-professional football player, playing for West Bromwich Albion Ladies, I have played football since I was 9 years old, I have played for Wales and have international honours from the age of 13 to under 19’s.

I am 21 years of age and a triplet, YES, a triplet!!! I am the peacemaker, witty, talkative, patient and a great listener. I love watching all sports, playing all sports, but football is my passion.

I have been working for Mini Rockets and Bespoke Mentoring throughout the summer for the last 3 years. I also work part time at Whitemead Forest Parks and have recently applied to the RAF.

I enjoy spending time with my friends and family, I love going to the cinema, watching action movies, in fact all movies and I am a huge Marvel/ Harry Potter Fan.

Mu qualifications and certifications include:

  • BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Sport (Performance and Excellence)
  • Level 3 Mentoring and Coaching
  • First Aid Qualified

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Deborah Roberts

Hello, I’m Deborah Roberts, everyone calls me Debs.

I live in Chepstow and grew up in the Forest of Dean, so I haven’t moved far, although I did spend two years in Australia with my mother’s family when I was 10, which was a wonderful experience. Two years ago, and after having 5 children, I decided I needed to start to develop my career, so I embarked on an Open University Degree Course – BSC Honours in Sports, Fitness and Coaching.

Finding time to study at the same time as managing the demands of the children who range from 13 -3 has certainly been a challenge that has taught me a lot about myself, especially as I left school with few qualifications.

Being fit and taking part in exercise is really important to me; I love walking, riding and encouraging my girls to enjoy being around horses as I did when I was a child.  I also enjoy listening to music, socialising with family and friends and mountain biking – when I can!

I’m currently studying at the OU, on a course covering:

  • The benefits of sport and recreation
  • Sports Science
  • Nutrition
  • Mental and Physical Wellbeing
  • Motivation
  • Community Engagement
  • How sport can benefit young people who are bullied, self-harming, suffering from depression, trauma

I have a number of training and safeguarding credentials:

  • Current DBS through Pembroke School and Monmouthshire County Council
  • Level 2 – Safeguarding Children course
  • Teaching Tag Rugby – WRU
  • Level 3 Diploma in Mentoring

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James Baldwin

I am a Team Leader in a residential setting with 18 years’ experience working with young people with complex emotional needs which quite often result in challenging behaviour outcomes. I thrive to ensure Young People from all backgrounds reach their potential and follow their dreams. I enjoy working with Young People on a 1 to 1 basis, as well as in a group.

I currently work with Newport County Council as a link worker for young people; I help delivered target support within the child’s Care Plan, and quite frequently work with Looked After Children. We focus on developing independent living skills, Education and positive behaviour/self-management.

My current clients are mainly Young People aged between 10-17 years. The majority of young people I work with are based in residential settings, with some getting ready to move into independent living. Some of my clients may drug, or alcohol, dependent and need help and support in this area.

I currently provide ASDAN training to young people who are out of education and targets for reintegration back into a PRU/Schools. I am also an Assessor helping others to achieve QCF qualification.

When I’m not working, I enjoy watching local sports and spending time with my family. I also volunteer as a football coach in my local area.

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Georgianna Jayne

I am a mum and have 5 children. I’m an enthusiastic, committed organiser, who enjoys challenges, e.g. I am taking part in a 3 peaks event this year to raise money for local charities.

I am an experienced intervention deliverer. I deliver community-based workshops for Schools based in the Forest of Dean, I support/educate students in the following focus areas – Risk taking behaviours/self-safeguarding/internet safety/healthy lifestyles/crime prevention. These sessions normally start with group intervention work, then move onto individual personalised discussions, which then lead onto ongoing 1-1 support.

I very often volunteer for local fundraising events, e.g. supporting carnivals/events in my village/Relay for life, etc.

I have previously supported students with careers advice and guidance (Y11), as well as having been a public services course deliverer (Y10/11)

I enjoy cooking (This is my escape), running, organising social events and I love sleeping!

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Chris Powell

I am a director at Bespoke Mentoring with 17 years-experience of working in the education system and have worked at every level from student, to currently chair of governors at my children’s School. I am the father of 6 children and love to be outdoors with them whenever possible. In the photo above, I’m pictured to the left with my fellow director Andy, on my right.

I love pretty much all sports, but football I absolutely love! I am very active and spend most mornings out on my bike before anyone is out of bed at home. I have lots of energy and have the patience of a saint and find this very helpful when working with children.

Alongside my role as a mentor, I currently work as a Lead Teacher for Healthy Schools and Collages for Gloucestershire County Council. In this role I support a number of schools with individual support, curriculum development and training.

I work with people from 5 years of age upwards. I think the oldest person I have worked with has been 87. She was the nan of a student who attended a Hospital Education programme and she left with some great archery skills! I have in the past worked with some of the most vulnerable children in Gloucestershire, either through Hospital Education or other alternative provision settings.

I don’t have much free time with 6 children to entertain, but I do like playing footy, listening to music, biking and socialising with friends and other families.

My qualifications and certificates include:

  • Fully qualified teacher – Bed Hons
  • Level 3 mentoring and coaching
  • Child Protection trained
  • Mental Health First Aid
  • And many more linked to past positions and statutory safeguarding guidance.

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Rachel Done

Hi my name is Rachel Done and I run `Tewkesbury Yoga for Health and Wellbeing`.

I have a lengthy history some 25yrs of working with Young People both informally as a Youth Worker and then more formally at Tewkesbury School as Head of PSHE and their Wellbeing Mentor. I am extremely interested in Health and Wellbeing on all levels Physical, Emotional/Mental and Spiritual. I get a great deal of satisfaction and personal growth from educating, supporting and motivating people to take control of their own destinies and be alert to all of the possibilities there are within themselves.

My personal interests include Yoga Practice and Philosophy, Walking, Running, Listening to Music, Reading, Socialising with Friends and Family, Health and Wellbeing, Nutrition, Listening to Podcasts.

My past projects include:

  • Head of PSHE and Wellbeing Mentor at Tewkesbury School
  • Local Youth and Community Worker Link Rd
  • Youth and Community Project for Young Runaways.
  • Checkout Supervisor Safeways
  • Fulltime Mum

My specialty areas include:

  • Delivering and Developing any topics from the PSHE Curriculum for KS 3,4 and 5 and above.
  • Supporting Young People with a variety of issues such as Trauma, Bereavement, Depression, Self-Esteem, Stress/Anxiety, Emotional Intelligence and Self Awareness, Relationships, Parental Separation, Drug and Alcohol Abuse. I use a variety of resources and materials such as SUMO, CBT, NLP, Therapeutic Breathing Techniques, Meditation and Mindfulness
  • School Yoga and Wellbeing Sessions for Teachers and Pupils
  • Teaching Breath work to Manage Stress and Anxiety, Insomnia etc.
  • Work Place Yoga and Wellbeing Sessions.

I am DBS and Child Protection certified, as well as holding other qualifications:

  • Foundation Degree in Education and Learning
  • Accredited PSHE Practitioner Level 6
  • Diploma Effective Interventions into Domestic Abuse
  • Diploma NLP
  • Diploma CBT
  • Diploma Psychodynamic Counselling Skills
  • Qualified Yoga Teacher and Therapist AYS
  • Pregnancy Yoga- Ongoing
  • Trained and Volunteered with CRUSE Bereavement Care
  • Numerous Course with GHLL including Regular Lode Seeker Training for the Health Schools Review.
  • Drug and Alcohol Awareness and Screening, extensive training around Sex Ed, STI, Contraception, LGBTQ+ Consent, Grooming and Exploitation, Sexting.
  • Self-Harm, Mental Health First Aid (full course) Winston`s Wish, etc

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Millie Thompson

Hi, my name is Millie Thompson and alongside my work as a Bespoke Mentor, i’m a support worker in a residential children’s home. I have been in this role for over a year, and a have also worked in retail and sales.

I have a great interest in playing a part in young people reaching their full potential. I currently specialise in working with young people that have a range of behavioural conditions, such as autism, ADHD, OCD and also specific learning difficulties.

I really enjoy working with them on a 1 to 1 basis and being able to encourage them to increase their independence and reach their personal goals.

My personal interests include:

  • Being a full-time single parent to my 5 year old son!
  • I love going to the gym, especially weight training.
  • I enjoy socialising with friends and family.
  • I like to attend music events.
  • I also enjoy shopping and fashion.
  • Being outside and being active!

In the past I have been a support worker in a residential children’s home, as well as a retail manager for a charity. I’m currently working as a support worker and running an AirBnB. I have an active DBS and L2 Child Protection accreditation, alongside working towards an NVQ in children’s home caring.

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Brian Burke

I am a Teacher with over 15 years of working in education. I have experience of working with children aged 3-18. I have taught in mainstream and specialised schools across the county.

I have run my own business for 8 years delivering PE sport into education settings across Gloucestershire. I thrive to ensure Young People from all backgrounds reach their potential and follow their dreams. I enjoy working with Young People on a 1 to 1 basis, as well as in a group.

I currently work in a school as head of inclusion working with young people, outside of the main classroom environment. Helping all young people reach their potential. I also work in the community delivering sporting activities to children.

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Elaine Gale

I live with my partner, two boys, three dogs, two tortoises and some fish in the beautiful forest of Dean. I am quirky, very creative and love anything that involves me getting messy as it’s a great way to help my mental health and others around me.

I spend a lot of time out in the woods and am always up for some fun and a new adventure. I love to laugh and make people happy around me.

I have a lot of personal experiences in mental health, domestic violence, adoption, sexual abuse and helping and supporting my sons, one who has ADHD, Dyspraxia, Pica, and  Social & Emotional difficulties.

My past projects include:

  • Assistant Manager at The Rising Sun
  • Family lives befriender
  • Volunteer doing art projects in schools
  • Full time mum
  • Hospital receptionist

My training and safeguarding credentials include:

  • DBS date of last screening check:     30/07/20
  • Mentoring Diploma level 3
  • Child Protection Training level 2
  • Paediatric First Aid level 3
  • SEN Diploma
  • ADHD diploma
  • Autism diploma
  • Dyslexia diploma
  • Child psychology
  • Criminology diploma.

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Sam Vale

Hi my name is Samantha Vale (Sam) and I am a part time cover supervisor at The Dean Academy & full-time mummy to a toddler. I am also a fully qualified nail technician.

I have 16yrs of working with Young People from nursery, primary & secondary school settings. I have worked with young people with special educational needs, challenging behavioural and mental health issues.

I am extremely interested in Health and Wellbeing on all levels. I get a great deal of satisfaction and personal growth from educating, supporting and motivating people to take control of their own destinies and be alert to all of the possibilities there are within themselves.

My pas projects include:

  • Nursery assistant at Ellwood nursery
  • Teaching assistant at Ellwood Primary School/Coalway Junior School working with a young girl who had a brain tumour
  • Nursery assistant at The Forest of Dean Opportunity Centre

I specialise in:

  • Delivering any subject to ages of 11-16 years.
  • Supporting Young People with a variety of issues such as Trauma, Bereavement, Depression, Self-Esteem, Stress/Anxiety, Emotional Intelligence and Self Awareness, Relationships, Drug and Alcohol Abuse, mental health/suicidal thoughts/self-harm.
  • Good listener
  • Caring for vulnerable children
  • Supporting victims of domestic violence
  • Young people and their mental health
  • Child protection for teachers
  • Teaching students who have suffered complex trauma.

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Tom Seaton

I currently run a centre specialising in skateboarding, graffiti art, t-shirt printing, woodcraft and animal care.  I regularly work with young people and families from a wide range of backgrounds and educational needs, including young people with complex emotional and behavioural needs as well as people wishing to build on an established skill set.

I am passionate about sharing skills with young people and helping them to reach their potential and find confidence. My background is in teaching art and design KS 3, 4 and 5, and I am also a qualified skateboard coach and forest school leader. I enjoy working with Young People on a 1 to 1 basis, as well as in a group.

I am the owner/manager and a teacher at Camp Hillcrest. Camp Hillcrest is a holiday and education centre with a skate park, located in St. Briavel’s, Gloucestershire. Camp Hillcrest services include, residential skateboard camps, as well as alternative arts and land-based education and workshops for day visitors. It is also a holiday centre and bunkhouse. The centre offers workshops in: T-shirt printing, skateboard lessons, filming and editing, graffiti and street art, woodcraft and forest school, animal care and horticulture, metal work and basic carpentry and construction.

My current clients are primarily young people aged between 10-20 years, families, holiday makers. I currently run a programme as an external education provider for the Priory. At present we have students from two local Priory schools who work with young people with complex behavioural needs.

I regularly run workshops in graffiti, t-shirt printing, skate lessons and forest school, with local people and families staying in our accommodation. I run a forest school and skate coach programme for the bridges trust, working with carers and  young adults, with a range of disabilities and barriers to learning.

I also run various residential skateboard camps partnering with skate brands and local skate shops and new balance shoes. We have young people interested in skating travelling from all over UK and Europe, to take part in workshops and skate with professionals in a residential setting.

When I’m not working, I enjoy spending time with my family, playing music, skateboarding and spray painting, campfire cooking, canoeing.

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Claire Jewitt

I’m  a professional working mum with 3 children (triplets). I’m a warm, caring person with a wealth of knowledge and experience. I can support your child individually or in a small group with behaviour and social skills, help them to manage and cope with their emotions, build their confidence and self-esteem. I enjoy all sports especially gymnastics, football, netball and rugby.

I currently work in a high street bank and have been there for over 32 years. I love spending quality time with my family, walking the dog and
going to the gym. I enjoy watching all sports especially football, having movie & popcorn nights with my family, going out for a nice meal with my
friends & family.

  • Advanced Level 3 personal trainer, gym, fit ball and kickboxing instructor.
  • Nutritionist & Weight Specialist.
  • Level 1 Netball coach.
  • Level 3 Teaching Assistant, with an additional SEND qualification.
  • Level 3 Mentoring & Coaching Certificate.
  • Paediatric First Aid Level 3 Certificate.
  • Child Protection and Safeguarding Certificate.
  • Coronavirus (COVID-19) Awareness Certificate.