What is the mentoring programme?

We match small charities up with a person or organisation that can help with a problem or challenge.

As a small charity you might not always have the resource or specialist knowledge to tackle a particular need or challenge. You might be working on a funding bid (we’ve all been there), a strategic review or are unsure of the best way to grow your reach. That’s where we come in.

Mentoring is for everyone, and we can make matches on so many different skills, for the short term or for the long term. We know from members who’ve had a match that they finish with their mentor feeling their skills have been strengthened, they have better confidence and importantly, the work makes a real difference to small charities.

How does it work?

You come to us and we will match you with a fellow small charity leader or expert volunteer who can give you the support you’re after.

How much does it cost?

It’s free! Well it’s free to use, we’re always fundraising to keep it going because we know how vital it is. You can always donate if you like.

How long will it take?

The mentorship can be as flexible as you need to make it work for you. It might be a pairing that lasts three months, or urgent advice that you are given in an hour long call with a dedicated mentor.

What happens at the end of the match?

As a small charity we know that you don’t have time to fill out endless feedback forms, monitoring documents or exit interviews. So we have kept our processes simple, concise and useful for both of us.

Once you have finished your match we will send you one (short) survey asking for your feedback. We are also lucky to have amazing members who want to give back to our community, so we also invite you to let us know what skills you have so that in future we might be able to match you with a small charity in need of support. It’s a pretty great system.

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How to become a mentor

If you are here, it’s because you want to use your skills and experiences to help the small charities that keep our communities going and that’s a wonderful thing.

Becoming a mentor gives you the chance to advise and guide a small charity through a challenging area of work. The rewards, not only for the small charity but for you, can be huge.

How it works

You will  work 1-2-1 with a trustee, staff or volunteer from a small charity to help them build their skills and confidence.

Rather than doing the hands-on work for the charity, you will  mentor, advise and guide the charity in a specific area of their work e.g. business planning, finance or HR.

Matches could simply be a one-off phone call or continue for a up to 3 months. They can be remote or face-to-face and are flexible to meet both the charity and your needs.

why get involved

You will  work 1-2-1 with a trustee, staff or volunteer from a small charity to help them build their skills and confidence.

Rather than doing the hands-on work for the charity, you will  mentor, advise and guide the charity in a specific area of their work e.g. business planning, finance or HR.

Volunteering as a mentor is about giving something back to the community, using the skills you already have. Most charities in the UK are small and 73.5% have less than £100,000 turnover. Small charities are often all too aware of what they need help with, and that’s where you come in. There’s no skill too obscure or time your willing to give too small. We make meaningful matches and you give your expertise.


Previous mentors have told us about a whole host of benefits to volunteering in this way, including:

  • Developing new skills as a mentor or advisor

  • The opportunity to use your skills in a new context or in a different way

  • Improved self-confidence through advising and supporting others

  • A chance to give something back by using the skills you already have

If you would like to sign up to our skills sharing and mentoring service to, click on sign up and you will be taken the supporter’s sign up page. If you have any further questions please get in touch at [email protected]

Mentoring for small charities

If you are a small charity assigned a mentor, we will match you with someone that has the experience and knowledge you need.

The match can be anything from a one-off phone call to a 3-month relationship where you are guided through a particular problem, challenge or period of transition.

What kind of things can I get a mentor for?

Our programme aims to be flexible and adaptable to your charity’s specific needs, even if your need is that you don’t know what you need. Examples of situations for which you might want a mentor include wading through a governance issue, building and implementing a business plan or rolling out a new service. But we’re pretty well connected so let your imagination go wild.

How does it work?

Support either comes from a fellow small charity or from an individual volunteering their time and expertise.

Matches could simply be a one-off phone call or continue up to 3 months.

Mentoring can be remote or face-to-face (technology is pretty good for this nowadays).

The service is based on charities helping and supporting each other. That is why we ask all charities receiving help to be willing to share their skills & knowledge with another small charity in return.

 

Why should I use this mentoring service?

Our free skills sharing and mentoring service allows you to get things done with the help and support of someone who has been there and done it before. The benefits of skills sharing and mentoring include:

  • Learning new skills

  • Supporting  your needs

  • Building your confidence

  • Getting fresh perspectives

  • Developing your contacts and networks

  • Reassurance that you are headed in the right direction

  • It’s free!

What are the next steps?

Now that you are thinking about signing up for a mentor, you should consider a few things:

 

Is having a mentor right for you?

We try to make the mentoring service as flexible as possible so that it works for small charities in all circumstances. If you want to be matched with a mentor, you should be ready to:

 

Dedicate time
For your match to work, you will need to set-aside time. Do have a think if this is feasible before submitting your request.

Make use of the support
We try to match you with the right person to advise you in your work. Your commitment will be vital in seeing the  match through and put their advice into action.

Help one another

This service shows how charities can support each other. One of our favourite things about the scheme is that often mentees become mentors and share their experiences. So we might ask you to share your skills and knowledge with another small charity at some point.

When you’re ready to get help from the skills sharing and mentoring service, click on sign up. If you have any further questions please email [email protected]

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