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What is the Leadership Mentoring programme?

Our Leadership Mentoring programme is a leadership development opportunity for people working or volunteering in voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) organisations in North Yorkshire (excluding York). We want to support new leaders and emerging leaders to grow and realise their potential, with the aim of strengthening organisations and our communities.

We provide you with an experienced mentor and offer a safe space for reflection, support or planning over a period of six months.

‘Mentoring helps leaders feel less alone and more supported, improves problem solving, strategic thinking and decision making’ (The King’s Fund).

Mentoring is a relationship where one person gives time voluntarily to support another.

The mentor brings their knowledge and experience, together with their ability to listen and ask questions, to help you move forward with organisational issues you wish to address.

Who is the mentoring for?

  • New and emerging leaders in the VCSE sector in North Yorkshire
  • You might be employed by a charity or organisation, or a volunteer or trustee
  • Leaders who have recently moved to a new or more senior role
  • Leaders who are new to the voluntary sector or who are new to North Yorkshire
  • We envisage emerging leaders as those with 3-6 years’ experience leading teams, projects, volunteers. If you don’t quite fit this criteria but still think you could benefit from the Leadership Mentoring programme,  please get in touch.

How does it work?

Potential mentees will complete an application form to be offered a mentoring place and matched with a suitable mentor.

We have a range of mentors and we will match your mentoring needs with our experienced sector leaders. All our mentors are trained by The University of York 

The mentoring programme starts in September 2021 and runs for six months. You will meet online once a month with your mentor for an hour.

There is no cost for this programme.

We will run a second cohort of Leadership Mentoring from March 2022 to August 2022.

How to apply

Applications for the Leadership Mentoring programme are now open and you can apply by completing this form.

The application round will close on Monday 2 August but we may prioritise early applications. We look forward to hearing from you.

Please contact leadership@communityfirstyorkshire.org.uk or call 01904 704177 if you have any questions.

A huge thankyou to our Leadership Mentors and The University of York Organisational Development Team

This programme is delivered by people who believe in the power of mentoring and who want to see our sector thrive. We have a dedicated team of volunteer mentors, who give their time and expertise willingly and freely.

Find out more on becoming a mentor.

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