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MEMBER NEWS: ACOSVO Covid-19 support

Our members ACOSVO have created a dedicated coronavirus support section on their website. ACOSVO, who provide mentoring to third sector leaders are dedicated to supporting third sector chief officers and senior leaders during this pandemic.  Visit their website here to find out more about how they are offering their support, from online networking meetings to Zoom mentoring sessions:  https://www.acosvo.org.uk/coronavirus-covid19  31 March


NEWS: SMN has created a resource to help mentoring projects with online service delivery

At SMN we have been working hard to bring projects a guide to migrating your mentoring programme to an online method of delivery after the Government announced that all non essential work should be done from home to help curb the spread of the Coronavirus.   We know that our members are the experts on delivering mentoring programmes, so we see this document as a starting point.  For some of our members, enabling mentoring matches to meet online is not a new thing, so if you have any tips to share we would love to hear from you!  30 March

NEWS: SMN Office is Closed

The SMN office is closed from today as a precautionary measure in line with government advice. All SMN staff are now working from home as of today. We have postponed all scheduled training courses and events for the foreseeable future. We will be in contact with everyone who had booked for one of these as soon as we are able to re-schedule.  In the meantime, please be assured that our other services will continue to be available. Please contact us by email as follows:  Sarah Barr, Quality & Support Officer, sarah@scottishmentoringnetwork.co.uk Amanda Skinner-Welsh, Network Development & Support Officer, amanda@scottishmentoringnetwork.co.uk Katya Allcott, Marketing, Communications & Support Officer, katya@scottishmentoringnetwork.co.uk Maureen Watson, Chief Executive, maureen@scottishmentoringnetwork.co.uk  25 March

NEWS: SCVO's support for the third sector during Coronavirus outbreak

SCVO (Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations) has created a dedicated section on it's website to collate advice, best practice and information for voluntary sector organisations during the coronavirus outbreak.  These pages give details on how best to support your staff, volunteers and service users during this time, and give advice on how to keep your service running as normal.   SCVO are continuing to represent it's members within the voluntary sector by gathering their experiences of trying to operate charities during this unprecedented time.  A dedicated mailbox has been set up to allow SCVO to find out as much information from across the sector as possible. This will allow them to effectively represent their memebers in external influencing on behalf of the sector.   25 March


NEWS: Another Production's Helen Parker, on why mentorship schemes are paramount in the bid to expand the diversity of our work places.

The article below from the Shots website on why businesses and organisations in creative industries should be using mentoring to achieve high standards of equality:  25 March


MEMBER RESOURCE: Social media guide for members

At SMN, we know that this is an incredibly difficult time for our members, given the ever changing advice surrounding Covid-19. We know your organisations will be adapting to new ways of working.  We have created a social media guide to help our members post online about mentoring so that we can keep raising awareness of what you are doing to keep your mentoring projects operating during this time.   25 March


NEWS: South Wales College unveils Mentorship programme to empower next generation of Welsh female leaders

This article from Welsh Business News shows how a South Wales college's mentoring programme is helping empower women to achieve their educational and career goals.  This is an excellent example of how a successful pilot programme has enabled the college to roll out the mentoring scheme more permenantly.  Many of our member organisations have a similar mentoring schemes within college settings and it is great to see that similar work is being done in Wales too.   25 March


NEWS: Mentoring to keep young people in Essex away from a life of violence

In Essex, a mentoring scheme has been launched for young people who are at risk of involvement with gangs and violence.  This early intervention project is a great example of how organisations can work in partnership across a local authority to deliver a mentoring scheme.  The partner organisations involved included a local school, a charity - St Giles Trust, and the Police Fire and Crime Commissioner.   25 March


NEWS: YouthLink Scotland have created a resource hub to help youth work charities respond to Covid-19

YouthLink Scotland, Scotland's Youth Work agency have created a hub on their website to help Scotland's youth work organisations to cope with the Covid-19 outbreak.  They have a dedicated section for youth workers, young people and a section on funding.  There is also an area where you can check back on the latest advice and guidance from the Scottish Government and UK Government.   25 March


FUNDING: Third Sector Resilience Fund

The Third Sector Resilience Fund (TSRF) is a £20m emergency fund for charities, community groups, social enterprises and voluntary organisations working in Scotland. The fund will support organisations that already deliver services and products but find themselves in financial difficulties directly as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. The primary intention of the fund is to help third sector organisations to stabilise and manage cash flows over this difficult period. Read more about the fund here:  25 March


MEMBER NEWS: YPeople's Janet Haugh: Amidst the challenges there is much cause for hope

Janet Haugh, CEO of YPeople spoke with Scottish Housing News to give an update on how they are continuing their services during the pandemic.  25 March


NEWS: Staf Scotland Project Return Choir Launch

Project Return has a launch date for their choir! The launch will take place on Saturday the 7th of March from 1.30 - 3.30 at St Stephens Community Centre - 260 Bath Street in their Garnethill room. 2 March


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

SMN: Glasgow Network Event

12 August 2020, Zoom

SMN: Topical Event - Introduction to SMN’s new online training programme

9 September 2020, Zoom

SMN: Fife & Tayside Network Event

30 September 2020, Zoom

SMN: Edinburgh & Lothians Network Event

14 October 2020, Zoom

SMN: Ayrshire Network Event

11 November 2020, Zoom

Scottish Mentoring Network's Online National Event

3 December 2020

SMN: Central Network Event

8 December 2020, Zoom

SMN: Taking Stock

15 December 2020, Zoom

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