Mill Mentors

Mill Mentors

The recruitment of Mill Mentors is now closed. Look out for new opportunities to get involved in the future!

Who are Mill Mentors?
Mill Mentors are volunteers from the local community who provide guidance and support to people who want to start new groups or activities at The Mill.

What do Mill Mentors do at The Mill?
Mill Mentors advise local people on how to set up new groups and activities, how to plan and promote their activities, and how to make budgets and build networks to ensure that their hard work flourishes here.

How much time do Mill Mentors volunteer?
We ask each mentor to attend five training sessions at The Mill, and to meet with their designated group leader once a month at least, for four to six months. During that time, Mill Mentors are supported by The Mill with regular drop-in sessions, advice, troubleshooting and mentor socials.

What does the training involve?

Mill Mentors go through a unique training scheme to prepare them to support others in the community. This will involve five two-hour group sessions, and will cover all the aspects of Community Mentoring that Mill Mentors will need.

It will map the Mentors’ abilities, knowledge and networks and use these to match each mentor with a suitable group leader. The sessions will include planning, and setting the priorities for, the Community Competition.

What is the Community Competition?
The Mill will be able to give room hire and some seed funding to ten new community groups. In the past this seed funding has helped many groups get off the ground – from the Asian Women’s Support Group and The Coppermill Recycled Teens, to Grow Your Own Theatre drama sessions and 1-2-1 Computing for Older People.

The Mill mentors will be key to developing the Community Competition, and will provide the support and advice that new groups need to flourish.

How do I become a Mill Mentor?
It’s easy – just come along to The Mill on December 3rd at 6pm for an informal information meeting, where you can learn more and fill in the application form. Or if you have any questions or want to talk through the details, email

If you’re interested in joining the scheme just fill in an application form (you can pick one up from The Mill, or download the file at the bottom of the page). The deadline for applications is 22nd December, and we’ll be contacting successful applicants in the New Year.

What are the benefits for Mill Mentors?
You will take part in a dedicated Community Mentoring training scheme, which will give you the skills to support someone in shaping an idea, formulating plans, making decisions, and promoting themselves and their passions. These are key skills in many professions, and can be transferred to many aspects of work or personal life.

After your training you will receive a certificate and be profiled on our website. Through the Community Competition, you will have the opportunity to decide the focus of the new groups and activities at The Mill in 2014. You will be able to see first-hand the difference that your time and experience can make in your community, and will be instrumental in helping The Mill achieve its aims.