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Can you help a local girl reach her potential? Volunteer 1 hour per month to make a difference to a young woman’s future. The Girls’ Network are recruiting female mentors now for September 2016.

Successful applicants will receive a link to sign up to training over the summer, we currently have training opportunities on 19th July in Hastings with more being rolled out over the summer.

About The Girls’ Network:

The Girls’ Network is an award-winning national charity, working with nearly 1000 girls across the country.

We work with 14-19 year old girls from the least advantaged communities by matching them 1:1 with a professional female mentor for a year, and a network of professional female contacts for life. We aim to open up opportunities, build skills and confidence and unleash their potential for a successful future.

What does mentoring involve?

Mentoring involves at least ten hour-long 1:1 sessions with a teenage girl, over one academic year. There is a programme specification with many resources to support you, but we also encourage you to make your sessions bespoke to your mentee in order to help her reach her potential for a successful future.

To become a mentor please click on the link above, which takes you to our application form.

You must have an enhanced DBS certificate with child workforce checks within the last two years to mentor. If you indicate in the application form that you do not have a current DBS, we will contact you with instructions on how to apply. There will be a one off processing fee of £10.

Supporting us in other ways

If you are interested in being involved in The Girls’ Network in another capacity, for example: fundraising, providing workshops/events, providing sponsorship/donations, please reply to this email with details, and we will be in contact.

If this interests you then click here to apply to become a mentor.


Students from secondary schools in Hastings and Rother learnt how to be role models for younger students at an event on Wednesday, May 4, at the Hastings Centre.

Some 80 students aged 13-14 from local secondary schools were joined by 10 and 11 year olds from Hollington Primary Academy, The Baird Primary Academy and ARK Little Ridge, as part of the inspirational Be the Change programme.

Facilitated by LoveLocalJobs.com and social enterprise humanutopia, along with mentors from local businesses, education and the public sector, Be the Change helps young people fulfill their potential and improve their life chances.  It focuses on happiness, confidence, hope, relationships and employability by identifying and removing barriers to success and raising aspirations.  Over the course of the school year the students have six opportunities to work with business volunteers at day long events, one-to-one mentoring sessions and workplace visits.

humanutopia’s founders, Carlo Missirian and Graham Moore, both former teachers who understand the challenges facing young people today, led the hero training event. They said: “Our vision is for every young person to have raised hope and confidence, to have the chance to develop life skills and create positive cycles that will prepare them for life.

“Working with the younger children brings out the “hero” or role model in our students.  It promotes qualities such as leadership, team working and a sense of responsibility to those around them, especially younger and more vulnerable people. This activity also offers a great chance for the 10 and 11 year olds to develop their confidence and experience of being around secondary school students in preparation for moving into higher education.”

Jane Cotman, Year 5 teacher from ARK Little Ridge Primary School, commented: “It was a fantastic afternoon for our year 5s! They really enjoyed the activities, particularly the opportunity to speak out about their feelings using the microphone.”

The secondary schools involved in the programme are ARK Helenswood Academy, ARK William Parker Academy, Robertsbridge Community College, Rye College, St Richard’s Catholic College and The St Leonards Academy.

Shelley Clark is the Behaviour Systems Manager at Rye College. She said: “What an impactful day! It was lovely to see the changes in all the students in such a short space of time. This has been a great programme so far and I hope it has the opportunity to continue and grow.” 

The idea for Be the Change came from Gary Peters, Founder of LoveLocalJobs.com.  He said: “We believe that Be the Change has the power to dramatically improve lives.  David Cameron said earlier this year that there are around 25,000 pupils about to start their GCSEs who are at-risk of under-achieving or dropping out and that he wants businesses to mentor at-risk teenagers. Well, this is exactly what we are doing right here in Sussex in collaboration with local employers, universities and local authorities.”

There are three separate programmes taking place across East and West Sussex. Be the Change Hastings is a collaboration between LoveLocalJobs.com and social enterprise humanutopia with support from Hastings Borough Council, Sussex Learning Network, University of Brighton, Heart FM and local businesses.

Sarah Williams, Director of Sussex Learning Network, said: “The Sussex Learning Network is delighted to be sponsoring the Be the Change programme right across Sussex this year – it’s providing a fantastic opportunity for our educational partners to engage with young people in a really innovative and inspiring way, and we hope to be able to continue to support the programme for years to come.”

Cllr Dawn Poole, Hasting Borough Council’s Lead Member for Regeneration, added: “We are very pleased to support Be the Change. Providing opportunities and enabling young people to develop skills and qualifications they need for better futures is imperative. We look forward to the future success of the scheme and to see aspirations raised in the young people of Hastings”.

The University of Brighton will welcome over 50 mentors this autumn as part of its Careers Service’s Momentum programme, which aims to pair professionals and managers with university students who wish to gain employability skills and confidence.  This year, the university is keen to recruit more mentors from the Hastings area.

Robert Prosser, programme co-ordinator, said: “Having an experienced professional from a relevant field as a mentor can be a great boost for a student who lacks contacts or confidence.


Want to be a mentor? get in touch with the university today.

“Since Momentum began as a tiny scheme in 2005, the program has seen some fantastic results. Students have gained jobs with top employers such as the Swiss Finance Institute and overcome barriers like fear of public speaking.”

Expanding this year to offer places to over 60 students from under-represented backgrounds, Momentum has won awards at local and national levels for its innovative approach to the increasingly popular concept of mentoring.

Robert said: “Many students set out on their careers without a “little black book” of useful contacts, so Momentum functions on two levels. Not only do they get a role model who will focus on helping them to achieve their goals, but also they have access to the full network of everyone on the programme. They are able to contact and learn from a wide range of experts, from bankers to artists.

“Additionally the mentors, many of whom studied here themselves, get to build up their own networks, not only for peer support but occasionally for business opportunities, too.”

Becoming a mentor can help you or your staff to gain insight, contacts and leadership experience through a structured, supportive and reflective programme.

To apply, download our mentor application form as soon as possible and apply by Friday 18 October.


More information on professional mentoring at the University of Brighton can be obtained from its Careers Service at www.brighton.ac.uk/careers <http://www.brighton.ac.uk/careers> .