40,000 people throughout Ireland access Carmichael Centre services and supports annually.
Providing a helping resource to leaders of charities and other not-for-profit organisations
Being the leader of an organisation can be tough anywhere but it is especially true in the not-for-profit sector. The CEO cannot really share all concerns with the board because the board is the employer and the Board of Directors want to see the CEO as competent and capable at all times. The CEO cannot really share personal concerns or anxieties with staff members who are employees, who want to see their leader as being able to solve all the problems.
The value of the mentor is having someone who can ask questions that clarify the situation and can help relieve the anxiety that builds when there is nowhere to articulate the doubts that the CEO may feel. The purpose of the Carmichael Centre Mentor Scheme is to help meet with this need by establishing a panel of social mentors with relevant experience and skills who volunteer to provide one-to-one advice and guidance to CEOs and equivalents of voluntary, community and charity organisations. The scheme is being provided free of charge to mentees. The mentors are volunteering their time and Carmichael Centre will manage and administer the scheme.
The community, voluntary and charity sector is facing many challenges such as, funding cuts, drops in fundraising income, reduction is staff numbers and the need to re-visit their strategic plans as they face ever increasing demands by clients for their services due to the impact of the economy. CEO’s can benefit from the experience, skills and support of an experienced mentor to help them navigate through the current difficulties. The Carmichael Centre Mentor Scheme is meeting that need.