Mentoring opportunity – assisting new social entrepreneurs in Scotland

Mentoring opportunity – assisting new social entrepreneurs in Scotland
Age Unlimited
17.02.2011

NESTA’s* Age Unlimited Scotland is an intensive programme of training, support and grants of up to £10,000 for people in their 50s and 60s with good ideas to improve their communities. It gives people the chance to turn their ideas into a reality with assistance to test their market, develop an operational plan, and build their confidence. Last year we supported 15 new social entrepreneurs to develop their good ideas, you can find out more about the programme here – www.nesta.org.uk/ageunlimitedscotland and read some case studies about the people behind the ideas here.

Can you help us?
We are introducing a brand new mentoring programme into Age Unlimited this year, as we know the great benefits and impact that mentoring has for new social entrepreneurs; this is the reason we are in touch with you!

We are offering you the chance to take part in this new programme for Scotland which provides older social entrepreneurs with access to a mentor over the 4 month period of the Age Unlimited Scotland programme – March – June 2011 – the chance to discuss their business ideas with someone who has been there and doing it, someone like you.
 
What we are offering:
– A half day NESTA devised Mentoring workshop  either on the 19th or 26th February 2011 – giving you invaluable tools and techniques on how to mentor other people, and a chance to meet other mentors like yourself.
– A professional telephone coach to guide you through being a mentor over the 4 month period.
– A great opportunity to develop your skill set, experience, network and to give something back to new social entrepreneurs.
– £150 subsidy payment to cover any travel/calls/cups of tea etc.
 
What we expect in return:
– Your willingness to share your experiences and knowledge to empower, support and motivate the ventures who opt in to the project.
– A commitment to mentoring an Age Unlimited Scotland venture for about 1.5 hours each month over 4 months (March-June 2011), however you and your mentee will decide a suitable timetable together at your first meeting. Meetings can be done at a mutually agreeable time, either face-to-face or by telephone.
– Confidence to respect the mentee’s venture – we ask both mentor and mentee to sign an expectation agreement before the arrangement starts.
– You share your thoughts on the programme (not individuals) for our external evaluation purposes.

You are not expected to be a fountain of all knowledge nor be a business adviser! Mentoring advice is given only on a personal basis to support the development of their business and this will be made explicit to mentees.

Training Dates:
You must be able to attend the half day of training provided by NESTA in Glasgow 19th February 2011 or on 26th February 2011 (location TBC). Please indicate your preference of date. We will cover travel costs to the workshop on production of valid receipts. 
     
Interested?
Please do let me know as soon as possible if you would like to take part in this great new initiative: just send an email to ageunlimitedscotland@nesta.org.uk with a short bio (100 words) about you and your enterprise, and details of when you would be free for a quick, informal telephone chat.

If you have any questions or would like to know more, just get in touch via email or give us a call on 01382 229521 and we’ll be happy to help.