In January 2019, AVM launched a six-month pilot mentoring scheme. The hope was that AVM members would be able to support each other in their professional development, to problem solve, and to further develop the volunteer management profession.

What the scheme looked like

Run entirely online, the scheme was accessible to mentors and mentees from all over the UK. 12 mentors and 12 mentors signed up to the scheme, and there were 10 successful matches. The scheme was advertised in Jan 2019, and ran from February – August 2019.

Read our evaluation survey for a full summary of the pilot.

Benefits of mentoring

Mentoring was a great way to bring AVM members, who want to either act as mentors or mentees, together, and to facilitate mentees to find suitable mentors. Research shows that when pairs “self-match” (i.e. mentees identify their own mentor, rather than having a third party arrange the match) that the relationship is more likely to be successful. 

There are many benefits to 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.

Thanks to everyone who made this happen

Many AVM members have assisted in the development of this scheme. Liz Wigelsworth, Branch and Volunteer Development Manager, CIPD, and Jo Keller, RNIB, considered what AVM members said they wanted from the scheme, and have described the type of mentoring offered by AVM as:

“Mentoring at AVM involves a more experienced volunteer management professional sharing knowledge and supporting a less experienced individual with their career and personal development. The purpose of the relationship is to support the mentee to make a positive change and reach their goals e.g. to develop their leadership and influencing skills and/or progress their career. Mentoring at AVM is also mutually beneficial as it allows the mentor to develop their skills and gain the satisfaction of supporting others.”

Register your interest

To register your interest to be one of the first to hear about AVM’s next mentoring programme please email us at [email protected]

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

By submitting your details, you are giving AVM permission to contact you about the mentoring programme.