Lara Howard

Lara Howard

Mentor

Hiya, I’m Lara! 

An art-loving, cat-cuddling, Pokemon-catching Mentor who is extremely excited to be working with mindjam. I am passionate about helping kids discover their interests and celebrate their unique talents.

 As someone who is neurodivergent I can personally relate to struggles of not quite fitting into the conventional norms. I spent some time in hospital as a child and fell behind on my education and as a result  developed huge anxiety around going back to school. Because of this I was Homeschooled from the age of 10.  Had Mindjam been around when I was younger it would have been hugely beneficial for me and I am so happy that it exists now and that I get to be a part of it!  In college I trained as a SEN teaching assistant along with Studying Art and design and worked with children with Autism and  ADHD. I then went on to be a ofsted registered Nanny for 7 years and am fully DBS checked. I have completed training in SEN, PDA, safeguarding, looked after children, homelessness and paediatric first aid . 

Gaming has always played a huge part in my life and was a great way for me to connect with people when going outside felt difficult (and even helped me get outside with Pokemon Go!) and has brought so much joy into my life from playing micro machines as a kid with my siblings, to hosting parties with my friends on animal crossing. Outside of gaming I love reading, crafting, collecting toys, exploring the countryside looking for bugs and berries and spending time with my very fluffy and very sweet cat Kiki.

 

Favourite Games

Genshin Impact, Disney Dreamlight valley, Pokémon (all of them) Disney Speedstorm, Forza Horizon 5, Sims, Animal crossing, Kingdom Hearts, Nancy Drew (all ofthem).

Hobbies

Reading, Disney, Toy/Doll collecting, Drawing, Crafts, Anime,
Aerial/circus Skills, Ballet, Musicals, Animals.

My Pets

 A dog called Sully and a cat called Kiki.

We'd love to hear from you.

If you would like our team to get in touch with you to discuss how we can help you and your young people through our services, please feel free to fill out our contact form, and we will be in touch as soon as possible to talk you through enrolling with one of our mentors or counsellors

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