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SMN NATIONAL EVENT: The deadline for booking your place is Tuesday the 5th of November so please BOOK NOW to secure your place at the event.

10am ,13 November 2019 at St Paul's & St George's Church, 46 York Place, Edinburgh. 30 October

NATIONAL EVENT - Breakout sessions announced!

We are pleased to announce we have confirmed the Breakout Sessions which will be available at our National Event 2019!    29 October

NATIONAL EVENT - Keynote Speaker Announced!

We are pleased to announce that our Keynote Speaker for the SMN National Event and Recognition Awards 2019 is Mark Ballard! As theme of the day is Influencing we are very excited that Mark will be able to speak at our event. Mark will draw on his experience in politics, public affairs and the voluntary sector for this highly anticipated keynote address!     We have included a short biography for Mark for our delegates below:  29 October

NATIONAL EVENT - Programme for the day!

We are very excited to announce the programme for the National Event and Recognition Awards 2019!  29 October


SMN: Treasurer Vacancy on SMN Board of Directors

Scottish Mentoring Network is looking for a Treasurer! Role: Treasurer Type of Role: Board of Directors Location: Glasgow/Edinburgh Remuneration: Unpaid/Voluntary Closing Date: 8th November 2019 28 October


SMN: Vacancies for Board Directors/Trustees

SMN has vacancies for Board Directors/Trustees! Are you passionate about mentoring and want to help SMN to achieve its aims of influencing policy and practice to increase the scale, quality and impact of mentoring in Scotland? Are you committed to the continued development of SMN? Do you have particular skills or experience in e.g. digital marketing/communications, funding, finance or other business development skills that you could bring to the Board? If you have answered yes to all of the above, we want to hear from you! 28 October


NEWS: Post-foundation hospital pharmacists need mentors, survey finds

Mentoring is “crucial” to the development of advanced practice pharmacists, according to the results of a survey of hospital pharmacists in Scotland. 23 October


FUNDING: Baillie Gifford Community Awards

Following a review of their charitable giving Baillie Gifford has decided to launch a stand-alone grants programme aimed at supporting grass roots community organisations across the whole of Scotland. 22 October

MEMBER NEWS: Project Worker - Mentor Coordinator Argyll & Bute

Children 1st work to give every child in Scotland a safe and secure childhood.  We achieve this by providing direct services to vulnerable children and their families across Scotland. 21 October

Notice of SMN AGM

The Annual General Meeting of Scottish Mentoring Network will take place on Wednesday 13th November 2019 at 1pm, at St Paul’s and St. George’s Church, 46 York Place, Edinburgh.  18 October

Get Heard Scotland Discussion hosted by SMN

We are hosting a Get Heard Scotland Discussion session at our offices in Glasgow! 10 October



Any group of volunteers can apply for Volunteering Matters Action Earth grants of between £50 -£250 to run environmental activities in Scotland’s green spaces. This includes enhancing local biodiversity by creating or improving community gardens, wildflower meadows, ponds, woodlands or urban greenspaces. 10 October


FREE National Third Sector GIRFEC Project Training Opportunities

The National Third Sector GIRFEC project are running a series of training days over the coming weeks and months. 10 October

Nominate a superstar for a Young Scot Awards 2020

The Sunday Mail Young Scot Awards 2020 nominations are now OPEN! If you know a young person who impresses you, or someone who’s gone above and beyond to help others, then we want to hear about them! Make your nomination here! 10 October


FUNDING: John Watson's Trust

Awards grants for educational purposes to children and young people under the age of 21 who have a physical or learning disability, or who are socially disadvantaged. 10 October



The JMA Trust was established to advance health, education, relieve unemployment and relieve those in need by ill-health, disability, financial hardship or other disadvantage. 10 October


FUNDING: Mickel Fund

Grants are distributed twice a year with the sole purpose of improving the lives of others through charitable donations in and around Scotland, and where possible on a global scale. 10 October


FUNDING: Hilden Charitable Fund

Hilden’s grant making priorities are: Homelessness, Penal Affairs, Asylum Seekers and Refugees, and Community Based initiatives for Disadvantaged Young People Aged 16 to 25.  10 October


FUNDING: BBC Children in Need

BBC Children in Need's Small Grants programme is open to charities and not-for-profit organisations. 10 October


FUNDING: The Ragdoll Foundation Open Grants Scheme

The Ragdoll Foundation is dedicated to supporting the creation, appreciation and awareness of imaginative and innovative content, programmes and projects that reflect the world from a child’s point of view. 10 October


FUNDING: One Stop Carriers for Causes Grants 

The Carriers for Causes grants programme is funded through the money raised from the 5p bag charge in One Stop stores. 10 October


FUNDING: Foundation Scotland

10 October


FUNDING: National Deaf Children's Society - Innovation Grant

10 October

MEMBER NEWS: Growbiz are recruiting volunteer mentors

Growbiz are recruiting volunteer mentors to get involved with their award-winning mentoring programme – the first business mentoring programme in Scotland to have achieved the Scottish Mentoring Network Quality Standard. 10 October


FUNDING: Firstport

Firstport, Scotland’s development agency for start-up social entrepreneurs and social enterprise, provides business support, funding and resources to help people start a social enterprise in Scotland. 10 October


NEWS: Major new study to look at violent offending in Scotland

SCOTLAND’S Justice Secretary has announced plans for major research to look into violent crime. 10 October


NEWS: Scotland sends 16 entrepreneurs on training mission to America

A cohort of 16 emerging entrepreneurs will travel to America next week to take part in a programme at Babson College in Boston.   10 October


MEMBER NEWS: largest justice mentoring programme in Scotland supported nearly 4,000 men in last six years

The ‘New Routes’ and ‘Shine’ partnerships will make support available for more prisoners released from short-term sentences of up to four years, supporting male and female prisoners respectively. 10 October


NEWS: Bounce Back Drinks, participate in Royal Bank of Scotland’s Entrepreneur Accelerator Programme.

The Royal Bank of Scotland’s Entrepreneur Accelerator is the UK’s largest free business accelerator network, providing attendees with mentoring, insight and bespoke coaching to entrepreneurs who want to grow their business. 10 October

STAMINA Mentoring Network Report

At Scottish Mentoring Network, we have been digesting a report from Sustainable Mentoring Network, titled "Many Things to Many People: Formal Mentoring Schemes and Their Management. Sustainable Mentoring Network (STAMINA) is a group for mentoring scheme leads, co-ordinators, administrators and mentoring champions. 9 October

BLOG POST: Challenge Poverty Week

At Scottish Mentoring Network, we’re pleased to be supporting #ChallengePoverty Week 2019, as we feel that it is important to highlight where our members are working to overcome poverty. One such member is the Prince and Princess of Wales Hospice in Glasgow, whose mentoring programme supports young people who are going through the stages of bereavement.  The family support service also offers care, advice and support for adults, children and young people living with the impact of a life limiting or life shortening illness 8 October

SMN: Recognition Awards - DEADLINE EXTENDED to 12 noon on 21st October 2019

Deadline Extended for projects to apply for the Scottish Mentoring Network Recogntion Awards! 2 October


SMN NATIONAL EVENT: The deadline for booking your place is Tuesday the 5th of November so please BOOK NOW to secure your place at the event.

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

SMN: Business Network Event

28 November 2019, 4th Floor, Hayweight House, 23 Lauriston Street, Edinburgh, EH3 9DQ

SMN: Edinburgh and Lothians Network Event

4 December 2019, 11am-1:30pm YMCA Edinburgh, The Acorn Centre, 1 Junction Place, EH6 5JA

SMN: Care Experienced Network Event

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

SMN Fife and Tayside Network Event

29 January 2020, Old College Building, Abertay University, Dundee, DD1 HG

SMN: Glasgow Networking Event

5 March 2020, The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, 100 Renfrew St, Glasgow G2 3DB, 10:30am -2:pm

POSTPONED - Professional Certificate in Coordinating Mentoring Programmes Training Course

19-20 March 2020, Brunswick House, 51 Wilson Street, Glasgow, G1 1UZ

POSTPONED SMN: Mentoring Information Event

23 March 2020, The Barracks, Stirling

POSTPONED : Mentor Training Guidance for Mentoring Coordinators

27 March 2020, Brunswick House, 51 Wilson Street, Glasgow G1 1UZ

SMN Online Networking Event

20 May 2020, Online Zoom (11am-1pm)

POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE GrowBiz: How to use Zoom Effectively

2 July 2020, Zoom

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