University Mentors Seeking Community Mentees

Since the successful launch of our Community Mentoring Scheme we have recruited a number of University of Leeds staff and are now seeking community organisations to mentor.

The Community Mentoring Scheme matches a University staff mentor with a local organisation seeking support with a specific area of work such as writing a funding bid, developing a marketing campaign or sustainable business modelling. Available mentors include those with knowledge of general business support, human resource management, finance & financial forecasting, volunteer recruitment & support, waste, recycling & reuse, community and stakeholder engagement, sustainable fashion and textiles product development, supply chain management, energy reduction, raising external funding, media & communications, digital skills development, project management, working with industry and more!

Effective mentoring benefits everyone involved. At the core is the relationship between the mentor and the mentee, with the development of the mentee as the key focus. Key benefits to staff from mentoring a community organisation include:          
* Gain encouragement and support to realise business and personal potential.
* Provides a safe environment to test out ideas and suggestions.
* Gain from the mentor’s expertise to grow the capacity, skills and capabilities of your organisation.

* Equip you to run your organisation in a more sustainable way. ·        
* Provide confidential, impartial advice and offer a friendly ear with which to share frustrations as well as successes.
* Offers access to other sources of information, advice or support.
* Offers an outside perspective.
* Help to release and develop resourcefulness.

You can sign up as a community mentor by completing our simple online application form. This should take no longer than 10 minutes to complete. The information provided will help the Sustainability Service with the matching process, while also ensuring that participants professional needs are met by the scheme. We aim to make members a match with a suitable community organisation within 4 weeks.   

This scheme is being delivered by the University's Sustainability Service which has a strategic commitment to ensure the University is a positive partner in society and our knowledge and expertise is utilised to benefit local communities.