WANT TO BE A MENTOR?

Looking for a new way to connect with your local community? Volunteering as a Mentor alongside your colleagues offers you the opportunity to support a young person in need whilst gaining a better understanding of the barriers young people face in their communities.

All our spots for Mentoring Teams are currently full. Please register your interest below to be notified when spaces open up again.

Looking for a new way to connect with your local community? Volunteering as a Mentor alongside your colleagues offers you the opportunity to support a young person in need whilst gaining a better understanding of the barriers young people face in their communities.

All our spots for Mentoring Teams are currently full. Please register your interest below to be notified when spaces open up again.

DISCOVER WHAT IT MEANS TO BE A MENTOR_

“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?

The Diana Award Mentoring Programme operates across Birmingham, Leeds and London and is open for teams of mentors to apply to volunteer alongside their colleagues. We will connect you with a local school to support a group of vulnerable young people over a three month period.

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 on a mission to break the stereotypical view of who a Mentor can be.

Please note that all team spots are currently full. Register your interest below to be notified when spaces open up again.

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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 three month period. And don’t worry, our Youth Facilitators will be with you every step of the way to guide you through your sessions.

WHAT EXACTLY IS THE DIANA AWARD MENTORING PROGRAMME?

The Diana Award Mentoring Programme pairs volunteer mentors from the world of work with vulnerable young people to give them an insight into the world of work and career skills training. Together with our Youth Facilitators, the mentors guide a group of young people (aged 12-15) through weekly group sessions over a three-month period.

WHAT IS THE FINANCIAL COMMITMENT?

£0, all we ask is for 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 that we can support even more vulnerable young people please 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.

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

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

Unfortunately we can only accept team applications at present.

OUR CURRENT LOCATIONS

The Mentoring Programme is available in:

  • Birmingham
  • Leeds
  • London

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 VOLUNTEERING?

Research has shown that that volunteering has many positive impacts on your employees and, in turn, for your business.

Benefits for your business include:

  • 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 The Duke and Duchess of Sussex.

LEARN MORE ABOUT WHY MENTORING IS SO IMPORTANT

MADE POSSIBLE BY

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

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

© 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.