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Scottish Mentoring Network


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SMN NEWS: Join our campaign

SMN has launched its first campaign, #MentoringWorks.  29 January

SMN Scottish Parliament Evening Reception

On Tuesday 26th of February SMN will hold a Scottish Parliamentary Reception hosted by Sandra White MSP. The reception will celebrate the work of our member projects across Scotland and the success of our current ‘Mentoring Works’ campaign. 29 January

MEMBER NEWS: Edinburgh Napier University, Let’s Build Links

Edinburgh Napier University is looking for more organisations to partner with in delivering their successful Getting Inside programme. The programme offers Social Sciences, Sociology, Psychology and Criminology students the opportunity to spend 4 days with an organisation finding out about different aspects of the work of the organisation and about opportunities to volunteer and work within the organisation in the future.  29 January


MEMBER NEWS: Join #TheRippleEffect transforming Scotland

This year mentoring charity, MCR Pathways wants to share with you the incredible power in small actions. Every person can create a wave of change that resonates for a lifetime. 25 January


MEMBER NEWS: Member Consultation on Scottish Charity Law

The Scottish Government has launched a consultation seeking views on potential changes to Scottish Charity law. OSCR has proposed areas where the law could perhaps be improved to better serve the public and charities, with a focus on increasing transparency, accountability and trust. 22 January

MEMBER NEWS: Law Society launches online version of mentoring scheme

The Law Society of Scotland has launched an online version of its popular career mentoring scheme with the aim of supporting even more solicitors and students with career development. 21 January


FUNDING: Dulverton Trust

Charities can apply for up to £35,000. The Trust prefers to support medium sized charities (income £200,000 to £5 million) where their grant can make a difference. The trust supports activities in the following categories: Youth Opportunities, General Welfare, Conservation and Preservation. Priority will be given to projects which are open to all members of the community. The Trust also operates a minor grants programme, providing funding of up to £5,000 for local charities with an income below £200,000.  Applications can be submitted at any time. More info here: http://www.dulverton.org/   14 January

FUNDING: The Robertson Trust - Open Grants

The Trust provides funding to third sector organisations to deliver positive outcomes for the individuals and communities that they work with through three funding strands. Care and Wellbeing seeks to improve people's physical and mental health including: ensuring the best quality of life for Scotland’s vulnerable adults, including those directly or indirectly affected by dementia; improving the health and wellbeing of children and young people affected by mental and/or physical ill health; supporting adults with life limiting, long term health conditions or disability to overcome barriers and remain involved with their communities. Strengthening Communities looks for solutions which address local need including: reducing health and social inequalities in Scotland’s communities; supporting people and communities to find routes out of poverty; empowering communities. More info here: http://www.therobertsontrust.org.uk/what-we-fund 14 January

FUNDING: The Henry Smith Charity Re-launches Grants Programmes

The Henry Smith Charity's Improving Lives programme is part of the Charity's Main Grants programme. It supports people for whom other sources of support are inappropriate or are simply not available. The Charity's three main priorities are; 14 January

Scottish Mentoring Network welcomes Maureen Watson as new Chief Executive

Ally Calder, Chair, said: “I am delighted, on behalf of the SMN team, to welcome Mo. She joins us at a critical time for the organisation and will continue to ensure that the organisation meets the needs of our membership, by focusing on critical areas such as raising awareness of the impact of mentoring and influencing local and national government. Mo brings a wealth of experience and a passion to overcome the challenges ahead. I am confident that SMN will continue to thrive under her leadership.”  Commenting on her appointment, Mo said: “I am really pleased to be joining SMN at such an exciting time in its history.  SMN is a vibrant organisation and I feel extremely privileged to be appointed as chief executive. I hope to meet with as many SMN members and stakeholders as I can in the coming weeks and months. I am looking forward to working with my fantastic staff team and Board to deliver and develop the services and support our members need to showcase the great outcomes that high quality mentoring delivers for people across Scotland.” 11 January

MEMBER NEWS: The Law society of Scotland share their mentor's experience

Charlotte Edgar, now a qualified Solicitor at Morisons LLP, shares her experience of being a mentor on the Law Society’s Student:Trainee Mentoring Scheme. 10 January


NEWS: Michelle Mone unveils free mentoring app

Scots entrepreneur Baroness Michelle Mone is pushing the button on an app providing free mentoring to help users achieve their professional and personal goals. 10 January


Glasgow Networking Event

28 January 2019, 10am - 1pm, 51 Wilson Street, Brunswick House, Glasgow, G1 1UZ

FULLY BOOKED -Professional Certificate in Coordinating Mentoring Programmes Training Course

05-06 February 2019, Brunswick House, 51 Wilson Street, Glasgow, G1 1UZ

Ayrshire Networking Event

28 February 2019, 11am -1pm , Centre Stage, Kilmarnock Academy, 15 Elmbank Drive, Kilmarnock, KA1 3BS.

Edinburgh and Lothians Networking Event

19 March 2019, 11am - 2pm, Financial Conduct Authority, Quayside House, 127 Fountainbridge, Edinburgh, EH3 9QG

CANCELLED Central Network Event

22 May 2019, Link Academy, McKinven House, George Street, Falkirk, FK2 7EY

SMN: Youth Arts Mentoring Symposium

28 May 2019, 10:30am -2:30pm Motherwell Concert Hall, Windmillhill St, Motherwell ML1 1AB

Fife and Tayside Network Event

12 June 2019, DC Thomson, 2 Albert Square, Dundee, DD1 1DD

SMN: All network Event Dates released

7 August 2019

Glasgow Networking Event

27 August 2019, 10:30am - 1:30pm Prince and Princess of Wales Hospice, 20 Dumbreck Rd, Glasgow, G41 5BW

Education Networking Event

2 September 2019, 11am-2pm, Edinburgh Training and Conference Venue, 16 St Mary's St, Edinburgh EH1 1SU

New Course Date: Mentor Training Guidance for Mentoring Coordinators Training Course

24 September 2019, Brunswick House, 51 Wilson Street, Glasgow G1 1UZ

BOOKING NOW OPEN - SMN National Event and Recognition Awards

13 November 2019, St Paul's & St George's Church, 46 York Place, Edinburgh

NEW DATES - Professional Certificate in Coordinating Mentoring Programmes Training Course

18-19 November 2019, Brunswick House, 51 Wilson Street, Glasgow, G1 1UZ

SMN: Care Experienced Network Event

24 January 2020, 10:30am- 2pm Brunswick House, 51 Wilson Street, Glasgow,G11UZ

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