Learn about how the GET INFORMED mentoring programme works and what it means for mentors
GET INFORMED Mentoring programme
GET INFORMED: Social investment for boards is designed to help offer guidance and knowledge to help board members of social enterprises and trustees of charities who are potentially looking to receive or learn more about social investment to:
Understand what social investment is
Gain knowledge of social investment through providing anecdotal evidence of how it has been used in the past
Access support surrounding the kind of decisions that are made when taking on social investment
Charity and social enterprise board members have huge passion, accountability and a sense of duty, which can often make taking on investment seem like a step too far. According to research on Charities and Social Investment conducted by the Institute for Voluntary Action Research, the main barriers to considering social investment are concerns about repayment and reputational damage.
As someone experienced in social investment, this is where your skills, knowledge and experience come in.
Help trustees build confidence on using social investment
We are looking for volunteer mentors with some social investment experience to offer practical support to individual trustees and non-executive directors by sharing their own experiences.
Please note that you are not authorised to carry out regulated activities such as the provision of investment advice. Before you meet with your mentee, please make sure you have read the compliance dos and don’ts.
Based on your details, you will be matched with a board member or trustee looking to gain knowledge and understanding of social investment. This is a one-to-one mentoring relationship with the aim of building knowledge and confidence.
Matching mentors will take into consideration geography. However, all support can be offered remotely by telephone, skype, email or whatever preferred use of communication between mentor and mentee.
Meeting face-to-face will be encouraged but as this is a voluntary role, expenses cannot (except in exceptional and previously agreed circumstances) be covered by the campaign.
Mentoring is peer support in the form of sharing knowledge, skills, experience and personal opinion. This relationship will not replace the need for the trustee or board member to take professional advice or to undertake due diligence on any potential investments.
Mentoring is not offered as pro-bono professional support.
We will invite you to take part in surveys about the mentoring programme and the campaign.
We may develop a case study featuring the social enterprise or charity trustee or board member that you have supported and your story as part of the campaign legacy.
We may ask you to be part of a video to support the campaign. Full preparation and support will be provided.
We may ask you to present at events (subject to your availability/location and topic) and/or write a blog about your experience.
Why get involved?
This is a great opportunity to share your knowledge and experience and help more social enterprises and charities consider social investment as a tool to deliver positive change. You will be helping to enhance and develop awareness across the sector – recognised as being one of the most important factors for success across charities and social enterprises.
It is also an opportunity to build your understanding and networks. Through being paired with an individual trustee or board member you will gain a unique insight into their organisation, their challenges and opportunities. There will also be opportunities to get to know other mentors over the course of the campaign.
The management of your participation in the GET INFORMED campaign will be run by Big Society Capital.
We will aim to match you to a mentee within 14 days of receipt of a completed mentor profile, subject to demand.
At the point of matching, you will be introduced to your mentee and suggested next steps for getting in touch.
Upon being matched you will be sent a mentor/mentee agreement to sign, which needs to be returned within a week of receipt. The agreement outlines the administration of the programme in more detail.
You will also receive a series of follow up emails and surveys from Big Society Capital enquiring about progress in your mentor/mentee relationship. Please provide feedback so we can support and measure the success of the mentoring programme.