Case Study: Amy and Caroline
Amy was referred to Le Chéile by her Probation Officer after a conviction of assault and theft. Amy lived in the family home with her parents and 5 siblings. The home life was chaotic, and Tusla was involved with the family. The Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) was involved with Amy, and she had been recently diagnosed with ADHD, with concerns over emotional and behavioural issues. Amy was not in school at the time of referral.
Amy’s Probation Officer hoped that she would benefit from a positive role model, and identified Communications Skills, Pro-Social Behaviour and Self-Esteem as areas of work that mentoring could focus on.
Amy was very reluctant to be matched with anyone but agreed to give the match a try and was matched with Caroline. Despite the initial resistance, Amy and Caroline got along straightaway and Amy has attended nearly all mentoring sessions.
Amy had said that she had no hobbies or interests, and Caroline has used trying new activities as a way to both encourage Amy to find a past-time and to raise her self-esteem. The mentoring sessions initially focused on this, discussing skills and talents, and encouraging Amy to identify her hopes and dreams for the future. It was discovered during the mentoring sessions that Amy was very creative and interested both in fashion and crafts, but had not thought of them as linked or as a possible hobby. As a result, Caroline and Amy are embarking on an art class as focus of their mentoring for the next few months.
Amy has flourished considerably since being matched with Caroline, with improvements in all goals identified by her Probation Officer. She has identified her talent and interests, and is working to develop them. Despite her initial hesitancy about the match, Amy is delighted with her Mentor, telling her Mentor Co-ordinator, “You found me a really nice person.”