The Charity Mentors scheme has been up and running across East Sussex for 18 months. A voluntary and free scheme, mentoring for small community organisations is provided by volunteer senior managers and specialists. The scheme is now ready to expand and to get the message out there that it is a FREE service to charities, community groups and not-for-profit concerns across East Sussex.
Ian Noble is the project co-ordinator and has the role of recruiting new mentors and mentees, and importantly finding the ‘best fit’ mentor to the proposed mentee. Mentors are provided with back up and support on a regular basis.
So, who would benefit as a mentee from the scheme? Well, pretty much anyone who has a leadership role within a charity, community group or not-for-profit business, and who has either a specific issue or general strategic directional issue that they’d welcome support with. A mentor will encourage and help a mentee to think through issues and assist them to come to their own solutions and conclusions. The scheme has a super team of experienced mentors, most of whom have held senior roles within their chosen field.
Charity mentors offers short-term strategic support usually between a three and six-month term. It costs nothing other than a commitment and energy levels from the mentee. Previously, mentors have helped produce fundraising plans; planned resource requirement and assisted with job descriptions; worked through trustee issues; guided the production of strategic plans and board presentations; focused managers on short-term priorities; worked through financial structures and reporting issues; helped to set priorities in legal disputes, and generally supported and encouraged managers in clarifying options and articulating decisions. Put simply, there’s not a lot they haven’t done!
So, if you think this could be for you, please get in touch with Ian in the first instance; you can email on firstname.lastname@example.org or call on 07801 250 668.