WANT TO BE A MENTOR?

We’ve got good news, you’re in the right place! Whether you’re a team of co-workers or a group of friends who want to get together and give back in a meaningful way, we’d love to hear from you.

We’ve got good news, you’re in the right place! Whether you’re a team of co-workers or a group of friends who want to get together and give back in a meaningful way, we’d love to hear from you.

We were buzzing from the first time we went there to the last time, it is something that really does motivate you, you can understand that it’s not just a work environment that you can succeed in, you can contribute outside into the society and make a difference. That’s something that’s really motivating.”

Diana Award Mentor

WHO ARE WE LOOKING FOR?

We think everyone has something to offer. If you’re currently employed then we have a mentoring opportunity for you, regardless of industry, age or experience. We’re passionate to break the stereotypical view of who a mentor can be.

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WHAT'S INVOLVED?

The concept is simple but the impact can be life changing. All we ask is that you commit 90 minutes of your time every fortnight at a school near you over a six month period. And don’t worry our Youth Facilitators will be with you every step of the way at each of your sessions.

WHAT EXACTLY IS THE DIANA AWARD MENTORING PROGRAMME?

The Diana Award Mentoring Programme combines the skills of mentors from the world of work and trained Diana Award Youth Facilitators. Together they guide a group of young people (years 8-10) through bi-weekly sessions over a 6 month period designed to give mentees access to opportunities, vital skills training and embarking upon a journey of social action.

The programme has 3 main aims:

  • To instil active citizenship through youth led social action and volunteering
  • To improve post-secondary work-place readiness through careers and employability training
  • Develop character and ‘mental toughness’

WHAT IS THE FINANCIAL COMMITMENT?

£0 all we ask is your time and experience to benefit a young person. However if you or your organisation would like to talk more about sponsoring our mentoring initiatives so we can reach more disengaged young people click here.

THE NEED FOR MENTORING

Unfortunately, there are still a lot of young people who grow up in the UK today without a positive role model in their lives. Research shows that these young people are 67% less likely to get a job when they leave school if this is the case.

The Diana Award also knows that mentoring is a key contributor to enhance social mobility. The OECD has highlighted that social mobility in the UK has not changed since the 1970s and that young people’s earnings are more likely to reflect those of their parents than any other developed country.

Mentoring allows young people to not only raise their aspirations, but also helps them develop the practical skills that they need in order to achieve their goals.  By leveling the playing field in education, and providing additional support to students who need it the most, mentoring can give all young people, regardless of their background, the support they need in order to fulfill their full potential.

OUR IMPACT AND STATISTICS; OUR 2015/16 ANNUAL REPORT

At The Diana Award we believe in the importance of robust evidence to inform and improve our interventions. Last year we were delighted to launch our first Mentoring Annual Report which highlights our success to date. Please find it here. We encourage you to take a look and learn more about some of our wonderful young people and mentors!

I DON’T KNOW ANYONE TO CREATE A TEAM WITH BUT I’D STILL LIKE TO BE INVOLVED

That’s okay we’re just glad you’re as passionate about mentoring as we are! First we would encourage you to talk to your work place, you could even pitch it as a corporate challenge without the sweat!

Otherwise, we’d still love to hear from you and we’ll do our best to get you placed on another team in your area or find another way to get you involved. Please click here and a member of our team will be in touch.

OUR CURRENT LOCATIONS

Due to our recent success and partnership with The Careers and Enterprise Company we are now delivering The Mentoring Programme across 5 UK Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) areas. These are;

  • Greater London
  • Greater Birmingham & Solihull (GBSLEP)
  • Leeds City Region (LCR)
  • Sheffield City Region (SCR)
  • York
  • North Yorkshire and East Riding (YNY&Energy Republic)

The LEP boundaries might not be something that you are completely familiar with and including many areas. If you are near any of these cities, please Click Here to find out if your area is included in our delivery boundaries.

WHAT CAN I GAIN FROM BECOMING A MENTOR?

As well as gaining skills in communication and leadership, many of our mentors report building greater empathy and understanding with community issues and the barriers facing young people in their communities.

Employees have reported the following benefits

  • 73% report lower stress levels
  • 68% report feeling physically healthier
  • 75% feel better about their employer

Employees have also consistently cited the programme as a valuable personal development opportunity that has given them a unique perspective into interacting with people, and clients from different backgrounds.

“Becoming a mentor has increased my confidence with communicating with young people. This opportunity has allowed me to listen more carefully to views also becoming more patient and open minded on particular issues. I’ve had the opportunity to share ideas and knowledge with the hope that it may have an impact.”

– Diana Award Mentor

WHAT CAN MY BUSINESS GAIN FROM BECOMING A MENTOR?

Research has shown that that volunteering have many positive impacts on your employees and in turn for your business. These include:

Benefits for your business

  • 16% increase in profitability
  • 18% increase in productivity
  • 87% of employees are less likely to leave your organisation

MORE ABOUT THE DIANA AWARD

The Diana Award is a charity legacy to Diana, Princess of Wales’ belief that young people have the power to change the world.

Our mission is to foster, develop and inspire positive change in the lives of young people.

We are proud to have the enthusiastic support of HRH Prince William and HRH Prince Harry and their team at the Royal Charities Forum of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry.

LEARN MORE ABOUT WHY MENTORING IS IMPORTANT TO US

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We couldn’t do what we do without the support of our sponsors.

We couldn’t do what we do without the support of our sponsors.

© 2016 The Diana Award. The Diana Award is a registered charity (1117288 / SC0141915) and a company limited by guarantee, registered in England and Wales number 5739137.