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Would you like to be a mentor in later life?


Would you like to be a mentor?


Jeanne Davies describes how it’s done 

Would you like to contribute a few hours a month to mentor key staff in voluntary organisations? REACH, the unique UK-wide volunteer clearinghouse for professionals, needs volunteers for its rapidly expanding mentoring programme.


Why mentors?

Mentors are needed to advise key personnel on setting objectives and planning for the future, to guide senior staff through change, or to support new managers or those with new responsibilities. Often it is the professional’s trained mind and ability to use resources effectively that are likely to be needed, rather than a particular expertise. “Being able to use my career skills as a mentor, in support of a cause I really care about, has been one of the most gratifying things I’ve done,” reports the REACH mentor who guided senior Oxfam managers. His brief was to help the managers make the best use of volunteers who wanted to work with Oxfam.

Which organisations?

The organisations requesting mentors can be vastly different. At one end of the scale are the large corporate bodies such as Oxfam. At the other end of the spectrum are small grassroots organisations like WATCh (What about the Children?), a charity run entirely by volunteers to raise awareness of the needs of children in their early years of development. A REACH mentor helped guide the volunteer chairman of WATCH through a period of transition from a small local organisation to one with a broader reach throughout the UK. 

How many hours needed?

Apart from face-to-face meetings, mentors have found that much advice and guidance can be given over the telephone or through e-mail. A few hours a month can make a real difference to the many understaffed and underfunded charitable groups in desperate need of a professional’s experience.

To find out more…

If you would like to find out more about mentoring, contact Elizabeth Royston, mentoring co-ordinator, at REACH on 020 7582 6543 or e-mail her at



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