My name is Samantha Leske, and I am the founder and director of Life is for Living Mentoring Pty Ltd.
Our journey began several years ago when I was looking for a mentor for my son, I had his name on every list I could find however to no avail. I ended up having to source one for him myself. I hired a friend of the family, who held the skill set I wanted for my son. It was the very beginning of this part of our journey.
I started mentoring myself a few years later, after completing my cert 4 in youth work, while my daughters were home-schooling, I loved the experience, and started to create some opportunities for the clients that I was working with, including activities for no extra cost.
(One of the issues with NDIS is they will pay for the mentor, but not the activities) This leaves the responsibility upon the families to provide this, for some families, this just isn’t possible.
I wanted to make it a level playing field for all clients, so that everyone has the opportunity to try new things. This is just one of the reasons we are a little different to other mentoring companies, we create and provide the activities at no extra cost in the majority of the cases (or it’s heavily subsidised)
At the beginning of 2022, I began to take on, and train other heart centred mentors who have a strong passion for creating change and improving the quality of others’ lives.
2022 has been a big year, we now have 11 staff working with us in various roles, and we have officially transitioned from sole trader to company!
We now also have capacity to offer not only mentors but support workers, a social worker and nursing staff, meaning we can engage not only with children/ teens and young adults but clients of all ages and various needs.
With our basis being “Identify the need, meet the need” this has been a natural progression for us, and we will continue to expand with staff, and opportunities for clients.
The farm and our beautiful animals are all based in Macclesfield, however staff are able to come to you, or support you within the community.