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.
The impact of our matches
In the last three years, we’ve matched our volunteer mentors with 45 charity workers and volunteers. Their time and expertise has been worth an equivalent of £54,000!
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.”
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, find our more about what mentoring is and the time commitment required in our flyer.
Second, book on to one of our drop-in information sessions about the programme taking place in our offices in Community Base, Brighton on:
- 14 March, 2.00-6.00pm
- 24 March, 10.30am-1.30pm
To book your place get in touch with us on firstname.lastname@example.org or 01273 234023
Third, complete and return an application form (DOC) by 31 March. We’ll then invite you to an informal interview about the volunteer role and seek references too.
Finally, make sure you’re available to attend:
- our mentor induction session, where you’re find out more about your responsibilities, on 24 April, 4.00pm-6.00pm or 3 May, 4.00pm-6.00pm at Community Base, Brighton
- our matching event, where you’re get to meet the charity leaders you’ll mentor, on 24 May, 10.30am-12.30pm at Community Base, Brighton
- our development session, where you’re get to meet with other mentors involved in the programme, on 4 October, 10.00am-12.00pm and 30 January 2018, 10.00am-12.00pm at a venue tbc
- our celebration and closure event, where we celebrate your achievements in the programme, on 22 March 2018, 1.00pm-3.00pm at Community Base, Brighton
Find out more
To book a place at one of the information drop-in sessions, or if you’re unable to attend and want to find out more about the programme, get in touch with us on email@example.com or 01273 234023
- mentoring programme flyer (PDF)
- programme timeline 2017-18 (PDF)
- mentor role description (PDF)
- application form 2017-2018 (DOC)
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 contribution we’re able to provide our mentoring programme.