Support for leaders

What is the Leadership Mentoring programme?

Watch this short video to find out about our 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. 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 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  or call 01904 704177 if you have any questions.

How does it work?

We have a range of mentors and we will match your mentoring needs with our experienced sector leaders. All our mentors are trained by Coaching York and are offered ongoing professional support.

  • The mentoring will run for six months, and you will meet once a month with your mentor for an hour.
  • There will be an online mid-point evaluation and an an online end of programme event for all mentees.
  • Following the six months mentoring programme you will be given the opportunity to join a peer learning group to continue your learning and we will let you know about further learning opportunities.
  • There is no cost for this programme.

How to apply

Applications for the current Leadership Mentoring Programme are now closed. Watch this space for information about the next cohort; applications are due to open in the new year. If you have any questions in the meantime, please email

Please contact or call 01904 704177 if you have any questions.

A huge thank you to our Leadership Mentors and The University of York Organisational Development Team who helped establish this programme. Thanks also go to our training partner, Coaching York, who support our mentors.

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.