Capacity building through Community Mentoring

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The University of Leeds is offering community organisations the opportunity to benefit from the knowledge and expertise of our staff. The Community Mentoring scheme matches a University staff mentor with a local organisation seeking support with a specific area of work such as writing a funding bid, developing a marketing campaign or sustainable business modelling, however, this could include any organisational need.

The University has over 7000 professional, academic, teaching, operational and support staff members with a huge range of skills and expertise that organisations can gain from being mentored.

Local organisations wanted

We are currently seeking local organisations to take the role as mentee. We have a number of University mentors currently available with a range of expertise, including:

  • General business support
  • Media & communications
  • Project management
  • Sustainable transport & travel planning
  • Sustainable fashion
  • Art and creative industries
  • Environmental auditing & resource reduction, waste, recycling & reuse,
  • Marketing and promotion
  • Healthcare services improvements
  • Food science and nutrition
  • Human resource management
  • Finance & financial forecasting
  • Volunteer recruitment & support
  • Science & technology
  • Sustainable construction & maintenance
  • Energy reduction
  • Raising external funding.

This scheme is being delivered by the Sustainability Service which has a strategic commitment to ensure the University is a positive partner in society and our knowledge and expertise is utilised to benefit local communities.

The Benefits to Mentee Organisations

Effective mentoring benefits everyone involved. At the core is the relationship between the mentor and the mentee, with the development of the mentee as the key focus. Key benefits to staff from mentoring a community organisation include:

  • Gain encouragement and support to realise business and personal potential
  • Provides a safe environment to test out ideas and suggestions
  • Gain from the mentor’s expertise to grow the capacity, skills and capabilities of your organisation
  • Equip you to run your organisation in a more sustainable way
  • Provide confidential, impartial advice and offer a friendly ear with which to share frustrations as well as successes
  • Offers access to other sources of information, advice or support.
  • Offers an outside perspective
  • Help to release and develop resourcefulness

Additional Information

For more information about the Community Mentoring Scheme including our quick guide providing information on the mentoring role, its benefits and expectations, view our webpages.

Making an Application

You can sign up as a community mentor by completing our simple online application form. This should take no longer than 10 minutes to complete.

The information provided will help the University with the matching process, while also ensuring that participants professional needs are met by the scheme. We aim to make members a match with a suitable community organisation within 4 weeks.

Please share this opportunity with others who you think would be interested. We would also welcome information about the scheme being shared through your own internal newsletter or in attending one of your team meetings.


Please do not hesitate to contact me of you are uncertain on any aspect of the scheme or require support with your application.

Amanda Jackson
Sustainability Project Officer, Sustainability Service, University of Leeds
Tel: 0113 3434073
Mobile: 07940075138

Community Mentoring Scheme



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About the Author:

Sean Tunnicliffe
Sean is the communications Officer at Leeds Older People’s Forum (LOPF) and also deals with admin and office management. He enjoys the wide variety of his role which covers things like designing reports and documents, organising meetings, putting together ebulletins, writing blogs, updating the LOPF website and social media and making sure that the office never runs out of milk. He has worked in the third sector since 2001 first with Volition and then LOPF and is the longest serving member of the Forum Central team. Previous to this Sean had mainly worked in horticulture and also had a spell managing a newsagent shop.