Give back

Give back

I’ve been a volunteer mentor with Community Works for the last three years, and I’ve acted as a mentor to three different charity leaders, so far. I’ve helped them to develop in their roles and to successfully lead their organisations – so that they can provide their valuable services to the local community.

I was born and grew up in Brighton and have had a successful career in business, working, up until recently, for a large global company with its regional headquarters in Brighton.

I very much wanted to give something back to the city that has been my home for so long. Something I was keen to do was to share my work experience and the leadership skills I’d developed in my day job, with individuals and organisations that’re doing great work in our local community. Community Works mentoring programme helped me to do just that.

The programme is professionally organised, offers great opportunities to meet up with other mentors, and does a really excellent job of matching up mentor’s strengths with mentee’s needs to create a successful, mentoring relationship.

I’ve been able to help the charity leaders I’ve been matched with to tackle some of the key challenges that they were facing in their roles and in their organisations. I’ve helped with strategic planning, change management, decision-making, and communication, to name just a few!

My role as their mentor has been to listen to them, to be a sounding board for ideas and problem solving, and to share my experience with them. Often, just by giving them the confidence to believe that they’re doing the right things and are making a difference, I’ve been able to help them to overcome a challenge and to run their organisation more effectively.

I’ve found that the skills and experience that I have as a leader have been valued outside of my organisation and they’ve transferred well to the challenges my mentees faced.

As well as being hugely impressed by the passion, commitment and skills that leaders in the charity sector bring to their roles, I’ve also benefited personally from being a mentor.

I’ve also benefited as a leader by broadening my understanding of an important sector within the city and the local economy, by improving my own leadership skills, and by being able to contribute more to my company’s community support strategy.

By being a mentor and by participating in the mentoring programme, I’ve learnt a huge amount about our local community and about voluntary organisations and charities, and it feels good to have given something back to the city.

 

Written by Ivan, volunteer mentor. 

Get involved

We’re always looking for new mentors to be part of our mentoring programme. Why not become a volunteer mentor today and start making a difference to local people and our community.

To find out more get in touch with us on info@bhcommunityworks.org.uk or 01273 234023

 

“By being a mentor and participating in Community Work's mentoring programme, I've learnt a huge amount about our local community and about voluntary organisations and charities, and it feels good to have given something back to the city.”

“By being a mentor and participating in Community Work's mentoring programme, I've learnt a huge amount about our local community and about voluntary organisations and charities, and it feels good to have given something back to the city.”

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