Be a mentor

Be a mentor

We connect businesses and professionals with charities and causes.

We help you to give your skills for free, by matching you with people that would benefit.

One way we do this is by matching you with a charity worker or volunteer in Brighton, Hove, Adur or Worthing, who needs someone experienced to help them to tackle a challenging issue that they’re facing.

You get to volunteer your time and share your skills and experience by being their mentor, and they get the one-to-one support they need to solve the issue that they’re facing.

Our NCVO approved mentoring programme is a great way for you to get involved in our local community. Watch our film to hear from participants about their experiences of taking part.

 

The impact of our matches

In the last five years, we’ve matched our volunteer mentors with 74 charity workers and volunteers. Their time and expertise has been worth an equivalent of £90,000.

The support given by our volunteer mentors has had a huge impact on the people they’ve mentored. It has enabled them to successfully solve the challenges they were facing, which they might not have been able to do otherwise.

Those that have benefited from having a mentor have told us about the difference it has made for them:

“We have been through a lot of change as an organisation and I have been provided with support from various places. I got the best value and support from my mentor and this mentoring programme.”

“The one-to-one support with my mentor and meeting other mentees through this mentoring programme has been some of the most useful support I’ve received.”

 

Who's involved

We’ve a whole range of people who’re involved in our mentoring programme as volunteer mentors. They come from all walks of life and come from lots of different backgrounds.

Some of them are retired, and using the programme as an opportunity to give something back and to stay in touch with what’s happening locally. Others are actively working but looking to give something back in their own time, and to also benefit personally from being involved in the programme.

We’ve people involved who’ve worked for local or national businesses, who’ve worked in the public sector, as well as other charity leaders who’re keen to support the development of others who’re  working in our local charity sector.

“The opportunity has been incredibly rewarding for me on a personal and professional level in terms of developing my own mentoring and coaching skills, but it’s also been invaluable in terms of gaining a greater insight into the immense value the third sector contributes locally.”

 

How to apply

First, if you would like to find out more about the programme before you apply, watch our film to hear from participants about their experiences of taking part.

Second, read and complete the following by Friday 13 April:

We will then invite you to an informal interview about the volunteer role and seek references too.

Finally, make sure you’re available to attend:

  • our Mentors Induction session, where you will find out more about your responsibilities, on either 3 May, 4.00pm-6.00pm or 9 May, 4.00pm-6.00pm at Community Base, Brighton
  • our Matching Event, where you’ll get to meet the charity leaders you will mentor, on Weds 16 May, 10.30am-12.30pm at Community Base, Brighton
  • our Development Session, where you’ll get to reflect on your experience, on 3 October, 10.00am-12.00pm and 31 January 2019, 10.00am-12.00pm  at Community Base, Brighton
  • our Celebration and Closure Event, where we celebrate your achievements and contributions, on Weds 27 March 2019, 10.00-12.00pm at Community Base, Brighton

Find out more

You can get in touch with us on mentoring@bhcommunityworks.org.uk or 01273 234023 or read more about the programme:

 

A huge thank you

We’d like to thank our dedicated team of volunteer mentors who give their time and expertise willingly and freely.

We’d also like to thank our programme volunteer, who helps us co-ordinate and develop the programme.

Because of their commitment and contributions we’re able to provide our mentoring programme to an approved standard.