Mentoring through AVM involves connecting a more experienced volunteer management professional with a less experienced member, for professional and/or personal development.

The purpose of the relationship is to support the mentee in making positive change and reaching their goals. Mentoring will involve the more experienced member sharing their knowledge and experience.

Benefits of mentoring

There are many benefits to mentoring, for both mentors and mentees, including:

  • Career development
  • Developing influencing skills
  • Team building skills
  • Developing leadership skills
  • Developing mentoring and coaching skills
  • Gaining recognition
  • Development of leadership skills
  • Development of problem solving skills
  • Satisfaction of helping others to progress, through sharing of own experience

Mentoring with AVM continues to be one of the best volunteering experiences I’ve ever had: it’s been a real pleasure to catch up with my mentee regularly and listen while they unpick the challenges of a new role, and work out excellent solutions. It’s brought me all sorts of benefits, and a real insight into a different organisation, but I’ve mostly looked forward to our meetings because they are so open, honest and inspiring.

Mentor, 2023

Read an interview with Sophie Jones, who has been taking part as a mentor in the scheme since 2020.

Watch a Bitesize video conversation between Nicky Jones, who is an AVM Member and also supports the mentoring scheme, and her colleague, Dr Jenni Jones, who teaches and researches coaching and mentoring.

Sign up to be a mentor

If you would like to be a mentor, and help another volunteer manager develop in their career, please log in to your account to complete the mentor application form.

Apply for a mentor

If you would like to apply to be mentored, please log in to your account to complete the mentee application form.

AVM’s mentoring programme is only available to AVM members. Find out more about AVM membership.