Peterborough civil servant praised by Prince Charles

David Onigbanjo with Prince Charles. Photo: Alastair Fyfe / fyfephoto.com

David Onigbanjo with Prince Charles. Photo: Alastair Fyfe / fyfephoto.com

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A Peterborough civil servant was praised by Prince Charles for his long-standing role as a volunteer mentor at a prestigious event held at royal residence Sandringham.

David Onigbanjo was congratulated by HRH The Prince of Wales for his commitment to mentoring young people from deprived communities and helping them realise their talents and potential.

David, from Deeping St James, was selected to attend after making it through to the finals of the Princess Badiya Mentor of the Year Awards, a national competition organised by Mosaic to recognise long-serving mentors.

Mosaic was founded by Prince Charles in 2007 and provides fully-funded mentoring programmes into primary schools, secondary schools and prisons across the UK.

David (54) who works for the Ministry of Justice, said: “I’m really surprised and pleased I was nominated. It’s a very prestigious event to be invited to and an honour to meet Prince Charles in person.

“I’ve been a mentor for 12 years, it’s something I enjoy and gives me a different perspective on work and life.

“For the past three years I’ve been mentoring secondary school pupils. It has given me an insight into young people and their concerns which also helps me with my own children who are a similar age.

“I started mentoring because there were things I used to struggle with when I was a teenager. I just want to give the pupils support and help if I can.”

David has mentored at numerous schools whilst working on Mosaic’s Secondary School Programme, aimed at children aged 11-16, and the Enterprise Challenge, a national competition which helps teach children vital business and life skills.