Over 170 people across the UK have now volunteered as a Village SOS Mentor, offering local projects with access to an impressive range of skills and experience.
These volunteer mentors provide FREE advice as part of Village SOS, a national campaign which aims to keep rural community projects alive and thriving. The campaign is supported at a local level by a network of organisations such as BRCC, meaning that projects can access support that is tailored to their needs and offers the greatest benefit to them.
Mentors include are parish councillors, committee members, business people, retirees and accredited professionals, and they have all signed up to share their expertise with projects involved with the Village SOS campaign. If you think that you’ve got something to offer the campaign then sign up and get involved.
If you have a story to share that could inspire and guide others – including the setbacks, successes and celebrations – then now is the time to get involved. Village SOS is running training for new Mentors at the Leicester Creative Business Depot on Monday 21st September and is currently looking for new recruits.
Ivan Annibal, Rose Regeneration who leads on the Mentor training, said: “The Village SOS Mentors are at the core of this rural campaign. We aim to get projects learning from others and one of the best ways to achieve this is to get a mentor from one project sharing their knowledge with another. It is about offering projects a fresh pair of eyes to look at what they are doing from a different perspective, helping them to consider what is going well and what could be improved.”
Any rural project providing a service in their local community can apply for one to one support to help their project develop. Whether they need advice on business planning, consultations, funding applications or promotion, projects applying for support from the Village SOS campaign can get help now.
To find out more about the Village SOS campaign and the role of the Village SOS Mentors visit the campaign website (www.villagesos.org.uk) or contact the VSOS Community Manager Chris Cowcher on 01285 653477.