Amanda was arrested at age 16 and imprisoned for a first offence. She was later groomed and exploited which resulted in a lifestyle that spiralled into crime and misery and which finally culminated in her boyfriend being shot dead in a nightclub in 1997. She then went on flee her situation and move on to start a more productive and crime free life which resulted in her working with a number of offender mentoring projects for 13 years. One of these projects, the New Hope Mentoring Programme, was recognised in 2009 by Sarah Brown and the Mentoring & Befriending Foundation for its work and Amanda attended an appreciation event at 10 Downing Street. Amanda has also provided research findings to the National Offender Management Service into attitudes towards mentoring. Her experience includes extensive one to one mentoring, capacity building for the voluntary sector, mentoring training and more.