campus scene no backgroundOne of the greatest assets of the University is our staff and their wide range or knowledge and professional expertise. The Sustainability Service is offering a new community mentoring scheme to utilise this asset for the benefit of staff and local communities. This scheme provides staff with a professional development opportunity  that utilises their experience and expertise to help support local not-for profit community groups to build their capacity and run their organisations in a more  sustainable way.

The scheme will  match an academic or professional 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.  The scheme is open to staff members from all professional backgrounds from across the University.  We are offering the opportunity to be involved in either a one-on-one or group mentoring relationship in the case of cooperative run organisations without a single leader.

We recommend that participants allocate for at least one monthly meeting of up to two hours during the first three months of the mentoring partnership. These regular meetings, ideally in person, will aid the establishment of a trusted and productive mentoring relationship so that mentee and mentor can start meeting objectives.  The minimum commitment for a mentoring partnership is six months. Typically, a mentoring partnership lasts for 12-24 months, but it can also be longer depending on the agreed objectives and the mentee’s professional situation.

You can sign up as a community mentor or mentee here. The information provided will help the Sustainability Service with the matching process, while also ensuring that participants professional needs are met by the scheme.

Download our quick guide to community mentoring for information on the mentoring role, its benefits and expectations.

The Staff and Departmental Development Unit also provide resources for staff members considering mentoring. The Mentoring Guidance Notes provide a full explanation of the mentoring relationship, expectations of mentors and mentees and how to gain maximum benefit from the mentoring relationship. A 3 hour Mentoring Others course for mentors is available, aiming to introduce staff to the role of the mentor, covering basics such as ethical considerations, contracting issues, practical mentoring tools and how you can prepare for your mentoring relationship. The Pansophix Useful Guide to Mentoring is also on the website and looks at mentoring from both the mentor and mentee perspective.

If you have any questions about this scheme contact Amanda Jackson on 0113 343 4073 or a.m.jackson@leeds.ac.uk