Support for leaders

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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. 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.

Vicky Austin quote on being a mentee

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 leadership@communityfirstyorkshire.org.uk  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.

You will meet online once a month with your mentor for an hour from March 2022 to August 2022.

There is no cost for this programme.

How to apply

Applications are now open and will close on Thursday 10 February 2022. To apply please complete this application form.

All mentees who are successfully matched with a mentor will attend an online training session on Wednesday 9 March, 10.00-12.00. Please keep this time free.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Please contact leadership@communityfirstyorkshire.org.uk 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.

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.