Seeking volunteer mentors!

Are you an experienced international development professional? Are you passionate about peer support and collaborative learning? Do you want to develop your leadership and coaching skills with small charities in the UK?

Are you passionate about building collaborative networks within the charity sector? Do you want to promote shared learning and opportunities for peer support amongst small charities in the UK Aid sector? Are you interested in opportunities to develop your coaching and leadership skills? Do you have 8 hours over the next year to provide mentoring, advice and support to a small international development charity in the UK?

We are looking for experienced International Development professionals who are interested in coaching smaller, younger organisations in one or more of the following key areas:

  • Project design
  • Financial management
  • Governance
  • Project management
  • Inclusive programming
  • Safeguarding
  • Fundraising

We are looking for volunteer individuals who are confident, collaborative, reliable, interested in achieving change with communities of like-minded people, and engaging in learning to improve international development practice in the UK. You will need to help your mentee problem-solve, strategise and identify action plans to improve performance and achieve change. 


What can we offer?

Peer to peer mentoring relationships are voluntary and therefore charitable in their nature. As such, the role of a volunteer mentor is not compensated financially. However, becoming a mentor is not without its benefits.

We can offer the opportunity to practice and develop your leadership and communication style, to experience mentorship practice, as well as to develop your own network. Mentoring is an opportunity to find creative ways to bring about change, as well as a collaborative environment to explore new ways of thinking and doing. Mentoring is a unique opportunity for professional learning and development, for both the mentor and mentee. 

Our mentoring programme will have an agreed time limit (either one or two 2-hour sessions per quarter) and a defined goal (e.g. problem solving a key area of operations), as well as Terms of Reference to guide your interactions. We’re looking for individuals with availability between July 2021 – December 2022.

To put forward an application, please email hannah@swidn.org.uk with your area of expertise, availability for coaching and a link to your LinkedIn profile or 2-page CV of your experience.