Growing up with the dream of saving the world and realising that you have missed the point

When you are brought up with philanthropic values, thinking about others becomes a key element in the life choices that you make. You understand the value of life being fulfilled with the good you do to others, being a positive role model in your community, helping those in need, becoming aware of inequalities and trying…
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Easter Retreat in Gloucester

The retreat that I went to during the Easter holidays was an experience that I will not forget. From the food (which was absolutely delicious) to the religious teaching, it was all wonderful. We were taught key values of Islam, and had quizzes to test our understanding of the knowledge we gained throughout the day.…
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KS3 Easter Retreat in Gloucester

The retreat I went to was absolutely amazing and beneficial, I thoroughly enjoyed it and learnt a lot. It was a great way for me and my friends to not only spend time together but also to deepen our understanding and expand our knowledge of Islam. By going to this retreat not only did I…
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Mentor Wise Staplehurst Retreat

Last weekend we went to a small village in Kent for a short retreat program that was organised by Mentor Wise. The retreat was 3 days long. In our retreat we had two very intellectual and knowledgeable guests that taught us lifelong lessons through their inspirational backgrounds. One of the talks was by Professor Doctor…
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My “loneliness epidemic”: reflecting and searching for answers

I like to think that I am an individual who is easily pleased – some of my favourite comforts in life are my mum’s homemade traditional Turkish dishes, dark chocolate and Moroccan mint tea (in that order of course!). I treasure spending quality time with those who I love too – playing football in the…
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“A global soul squeezed into a tick box”: struggling with identity

My struggle is not confined to a moment, but rather, is an ongoing journey with its constant ups and downs. Being a young, visibly muslim young woman of Turkish ethnicity in Britain was never a struggle for me- until the events of July 2016. I have always been proud to be Turkish, while seeing myself…
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A story of a Mentor

Hello there. Before I begin, I would like to ask you to think what you would do if one day you wake up and learn that everything important to you: your school, your friends, the place that you call home has changed, forever…? I know this sounds mad and unnecessary to think about. That’s what…
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Retreat in Spain

Here is a blog post by Yusra!  My second retreat, that too in Spain, is one I will truly cherish as I’ve made memories that I hold dear to my heart. Retreats have given me an opportunity to give more focused, quality time to Islam as we fail to do so in our everyday lives.…
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Believe and Do Good

A month packed with unforgettable activities, excitement, and pure joy as we competed in doing good. We are certainly the winners in so far as we were touched by these acts of good deep in our own hearts. There is no doubt that our volunteers feel more responsible than before and we hope that this…
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Summer Retreat at Cornwall

Right after Eid ul-Fitr celebrations, we went on a 10-day retreat to the Southern coast of England with a group of female mentors and mentees. Although the 5-hour journey was long and tiresome, we were eventually welcomed by a beautiful, cosy and peaceful farmhouse located on the outskirts of Cornwall. The days composed of individual…
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Alumni Retreat

Those who once cross paths with Mentor Wise don’t forget the experience. Some of our graduate Mentors went on a retreat with their supervisor. Here is a comment by one of the participants:      “Three days away from the city and the stress of work with a group of sisters has been extremely relieving.…
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Mentor Wise South London branch enjoyed a fun retreat

Our mentees from the South West London Branch had a very joyful and teaching retreat programme in North London. They had a chance to enhance their knowledge of Islam but also have fun with their friends for four days. Each mentee on an average read about 200 pages of their books, recited 10 pages of Quran,…
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Winter Retreat – Impressions by our Female Mentees

Over the Christmas break, our female mentors and mentees went on a retreat in Shropshire Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Mentor Wise arranged two separate cottages to accommodate the high demand that was shown by our mentors. The few days spent in the British countryside allowed mentors to wind-down from a busy semester at university/work…
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Visiting the Oldest Mosque in Britain

On the 9th of December 2017 we visited the first mosque 🕌 to be built in Britain in 1889; the Shah Jahan. It was built by Hungarian Jew Wilhelm Leintner a very intelligent man who was a lecturer and orientalist who worked at many universities and was believed to speak close to 50 languages by…
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Winter Reading Retreat

As the school term comes to an end, our mentors and mentees deserve a break from their tiresome routine to relax and contemplate. Holidays are an opportunity to catch up with our friends, to relieve stress and find time to foster for our spiritual and mental needs. Such breaks are essential to have a balanced…
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Center for Hizmet Studies, Understanding British Islam, and 'Believe and Do Good' Campaign

Our mentors gathered together at Mevlana Rumi Mosque to listen to a seminar given by Dr Isik from the Centre for Hizmet Studies. They had an inspiring discussion with Dr Isik about the research conducted by the Centre, and were given a valuable insight into how they could participate in their areas of interest. The…
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A Trip to Shrek’s Adventure

After weeks of hard academic work we decided to space out some time just to enjoy our friendship in an exciting place, Shrek’s Adventure. On Saturday, we chose Shrek’s Adventure as the destination of our trip and as an opportunity to meet with other mentors and mentees. Indeed, we realised only afterwards what a great…
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"Money Skills" Seminar by Barclays

A team from Barclays visited our mentees to deliver a presentation on understanding and managing money. Money management skills are vital for our everyday life and it is essential that young adults are equipped with these skills to be debt free. The Barclays team offered insightful tips that both our mentees and their parents found…
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Ladies Christmas Charity Dinner: Rohingya Refugees Fundraiser

With support from the QMBL Bangladesh Society and the QM Equality in Leadership Society, Mentor Wise is organising it’s second annual Christmas charity meal aiming to raise funds for the registered UK charity “Time To Help UK”.  100% of the money raised will directly go towards the aid of Rohingyas who have escaped genocide and brutal…
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Muay Thai Club

Mentor Wise has starting running a Muay Thai course. It is very important that our mentees and mentors keep healthy and fit. It is also a great opportunity to relieve some stress over the weekend.  The club costs £6 per session for young people aged 14-18 and £7 for those aged 18 and above.  Location:…
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Debating Club

Mentor Wise has now introduced a debating club for its mentees. Debating is a fun and educational enrichment activity that will develop invaluable communication and thinking skills in young people. By encouraging critical and creative thinking, debating challenges us to be open to new ideas and arguments. Examples to some of the topics to be discussed…
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Mentor Training Week

In the past week, our mentors were busy preparing for their mentees by taking a break from the rush of life to spend some time together; learning, discussing and having fun. They managed to squeeze 15 hours of Seminars where they enhanced their knowledge of Islam, and discussed communication and teaching methods. On top of…
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GCSE Prep Courses

The GCSE exam year can be one of the most stressful periods for our mentees. In order to support them in their academic success, Mentor Wise and Axis Educational Trust* are collaborating to provide GCSE preparation exams on Saturdays. Those who sign up, get tested in English, Maths and Science. By getting assessed by professional…
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Parenting in the Internet Age

On September 30th, 2017, Mentor Wise invited a psychologist from Oxford University with an expertise on character identification and child psychology to give a talk on parenting in the Internet Age. The importance of the personal relationship and communication with children was stressed. It was further pointed out that knowing the personality types of children…
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Christmas Charity Meal

You are invited to our 2016 “ Women for Women” Christmas Meal! Mentor Wise is organising its first annual charity Christmas Meal, aiming to raise funds for the UK based charity Time To Help UK. The meal will take place on Friday the 2nd of December, at Kitchen Pizzeria between 6.30 and 9.00 pm. All fund raised will go towards building more sustainable water wells, the care and education of orphans, and the education, empowerment for women in Africa. There will guest speakers, a variety of games and entertainment for the night! We hope to see you joining us. Venue: Kitchen Pizzeria, 554 Mile End Rd, London E3 4PL. Time: 6.30 – 9.00 pm. Price: £20, for a three course meal, and drinks are included (vegetarian options are available).
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