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CO3 Mentoring - Is It For You? - Information Session on 5th Dec 2013

CO3 Mentoring information session

CO3 is currently recruiting for the next CO3 Mentoring Programme. This free leadership development service enables members to benefit from the experience and knowledge of their peers, either from within the third sector or from the public and private sectors. Mentoring is a highly successful development tool at senior executive level because it is tailor-made to suit the individual; and issues/experiences can be discussed in a safe and confidential environment. At CO3, we know that by participating in the programme the leadership capacity of both the Mentor and Mentee is enhanced.

Who can apply?

We are looking for Chief Officers to be Mentees who are facing a "new to them" situation or a specific issue, and would like to work this through with the help from a Mentor.

We are also looking for Chief Officers to be Mentors with the following attributes:

  • a willingness to listen and to share their knowledge and experience
  • a keen interest in others and a willingness to share their successes and failures (i.e. they do not claim to be perfect!)
  • an open-minded point of view and enthusiasm to explore new ideas or ways to do things differently.

How many places are there?

The CO3 mentoring programme will enable up to twelve leaders of voluntary / community organisations to be matched with 12avail of a place on the mentoring programme.

What is the time commitment?

Leaders are matched with other leaders for a 12 month period.

Mentors will be asked to meet with their Mentee approximately every 4-6 weeks over the 12 month period.

When will it start?

The Mentoring Programme will begin in January 2014 and those interested in finding out more are invited to an information Session at our offices in The Volunteer Centre, 34 Shaftesbury Square on Thursday 5th December 2013, 10am - 11am.

If you then decide to become involved CO3 will provide you with all the information and materials you need.

How do I reserve a place at the Information Session?

Please contact Sarah Boyd by e-mail sarah@co3.bz or telephone 028 9024 5356.

We hope that you will consider taking part in this exciting project and look forward to hearing from you. If you would like further information please contact Tracey McCreanor on 028 9024 5356.


Here’s a list of the top benefits that we have gathered from Members who have been involved in Mentoring:

Having a Mentor

  1. It’s a free service. A great leadership development opportunity.
  2. A friendly ear. We know it can be lonely at the top. This is someone who can encourage you and boost you when you are down and who can often end up being a life long colleague.
  3. A Safe Space – this unbiased third party is someone you can talk through an issue with and see options and find solutions.
  4. Learning from others – they have often been there done that! So you can repeat their successful strategies and also learn from their mistakes.
  5. Challenge – A Mentor can provide the challenge that you may not get from your SMT and help you move away from your bad habits to develop more successful ones.

Being a Mentor

  1. Free Personal Development – As part of the programme you will receive training on how to be a Mentor and your own soft skills will be enhanced.
  2. A time to Reflect – Mentoring gives you a great opportunity to reflect on your own self awareness and leadership style and as a result be a more effective leader.
  3. The “Pass it on” Effect – Helping another person and seeing them develop and grow in confidence is very rewarding
  4. Recognitions – you will gain recognition by your peers, your Board and the Sector for helping develop leadership in the Sector.
  5. Challenge – A Mentee can provide you with challenge in a way that your own staff or Board may not be able to.

Quotes from Past Participants:

“This is the best thing CO3 has ever done – thank you so much for the opportunity”

“I have had a hugely positive experience and learnt so much from my mentor”

“My ‘conversations with purpose’ with my mentor have been invaluable – not just for my own development but also for the development of my organisation”

“My mentor genuinely provides a different perspective, actively listens and questions. We have set tasks and a focus for each meeting which makes me take time to look at, for example, my leadership challenges more theoretically.”

“My Mentor is so easy to talk to and has extensive experience in the areas that I need to discuss”