We’ve updated our profile.
At the end of November 2008 the Scottish Mentoring Network was pleased to be awarded a grant from the Dynamic,Inclusive Communities section of the Big Lottery Fund. This grant will be used over four and a half years from 2009-2013 to set up a series of Local and Thematic Mentoring networks across Scotland.
Developing these local and thematic networks will offer our members easier access to information and support for their mentoring projects and allow more exchange of experience and best practice both for practioners and coordinators. It will also enable Scottish Mentoring Network to provide first line advice and guidance to new projects and organisations introducing mentoring to complement their existing training and staff and/or client support functions.
Investment from the Big Lottery has allowed the employment of a dedicated Network Development and Support Officer to work in partnership with agencies and individuals involved in the local/thematic networks in order to maximise the exchange of knowledge between networks and between the networks and the national body. As a result, we hope more organisations offering, or seeking to offer, mentoring opportunities will report improved service for mentors and mentees as a result of engagement with the local/thematic networks.
If you are interested in exploring the possibility of a mentoring network in your area then please contact:
Network Development and Support Officer
Tel: 0141 225 8001
SMN is currently carrying out the following activities:
- Promoting and encouraging the use of mentoring, whilst helping member programmes to run in accordance with accepted good practice.
- Promoting membership of the network, particularly to projects actively involved in the design, development and delivery of mentoring programmes and whose staff want to ensure they keep in touch with developments around good practice and are willing to share their own experience with others.
- Drawing on the collective experience and expertise of network members to inform new programmes and organise training events.
- Providing local and thematic networking opportunities for members.
- Working in partnership with its members to ensure that their experience contributes to the pool of knowledge and in return, through their involvement, those members have access to networking and delivery opportunities.
- Developing strategic partnerships with other relevant national bodies.
- Assessing appropriate quality awards for mentoring projects and accreditation for mentoring coordinators and mentors.
- Promoting the use of our web site to members to actively engage with each other.