40,000 people throughout Ireland access Carmichael Centre services and supports annually.
- CEO’s and managers of community, voluntary and charitable organisations will be invited or can apply directly to participate in the Carmichael Centre Mentor Scheme.
- Participating mentees are asked to complete a short needs assessment form to define the areas that the mentee is seeking support and any specific issues that they would like help with.
- Typical “hot topics” for mentees include; strategic/business planning; financial management; grant applications; fundraising; communications, PR, marketing; social media; website development and service delivery.
- An orientation day will take place for all mentees and mentors. The scheme facilitator will induct everyone to the programme.
- The scheme manager matches each mentee with a suitable mentor from a panel of experienced and available mentors.
- The matched mentor makes contact with the mentee to arrange an initial meeting. After the initial meeting, the mentee and the mentor should have a clear understanding of the ground rules for the relationship and what needs to be achieved during the mentoring period.
- The mentoring period will typically involve 5-6 meetings over a 6-9 month period at times and dates agreed by both parties, but this may vary depending on the needs being addressed and the nature of the mentoring relationship. However, it is unlikely to involve more than 8 meetings in a 12 month period. The mentoring relationship should end at the end of a 12 month period if it hasn’t ended before then.
- There may be occasions where the matching hasn’t worked or the relationship isn’t working. The co-ordinator will try to identify a different mentor to work with the mentee.
- The mentor and mentee will sign a confidentiality agreement undertaking to keep all discussions and information obtained in the course of the mentoring assignment confidential.
- The mentee and the mentor will be asked to provide overview progress and high level feedback reports to Carmichael Centre for quality control purposes.