As part of celebrations to mark National Mentoring Day 2020, David Davies joined over 100 MPs and Peers across the UK to support The Diana Award's 'One Hour, One Young Person, One Parliamentarian' campaign.
Young people are urgently seeking navigation in these particularly challenging times. Just one hour can generate new thoughts, challenge ideas and inspire change.
Monmouth MP Mr Davies took part in a virtual one hour mentoring session with a young person who requested support through The Diana Award, providing guidance, advice and speaking about his experiences.
The Diana Award is the secretariat for the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Mentoring and believes mentoring is fundamental to breaking down the barriers of social mobility in the lives of vulnerable young people.
Last week, National Mentoring Day (27 October 2020) was marked by a celebration event bringing together professionals across sectors, including people from the entertainment industry such as Holby City and Strictly star Chizzy Akudolu, to understand how to best support young people with practical mentoring solutions.
Young mentees talked about their experiences alongside conversations with Lord Michael Hastings and Tessy Ojo CBE, CEO of The Diana Award.
Mr Davies said: "The Diana Award does brilliant work, breaking down barriers to social mobility and inspiring positive change in the lives of young people.
"It was a pleasure to meet with my mentee. I very much enjoyed listening and learning from her, as well as sharing my own experience. She is a very impressive young lady already achieving brilliant things."
Tessy Ojo CBE, CEO of The Diana Award, added: "We are delighted with the overwhelming response from MP’s to support youth mentoring.
"We know mentoring can be life-changing for a young person and enhances their future prospects.
"For a young person without a positive role model in their life, a mentor can be the voice that says ‘you can do it and this is how’ – words they may have never heard before. ”