Julia Shipston Julia Shipston

2nd August 2010



TimeBank is aiming to build the capacity of the third sector during these critical times by today launching a London-wide mentoring scheme whereby leaders of small charities and community groups can benefit from having dedicated one-to-one support, skills and knowledge from senior leaders from the third, public and private sectors.


The national volunteering charity is appealing to senior leaders that have skills in the following areas:


  • Fundraising
  • Financial management
  • HR and staff management
  • Strategic planning
  • Communications and PR
  • Lobbying and influencing
  • Partnership working
  • Project management


TimeBank is also looking for leaders of small charities and community groupsthat are looking to improve their skills and knowledge in specific areas. After having identified their individual needs, TimeBank will match them with a mentor who has expertise and skills in that particular area.


The recession and recent public sector cuts have hit small charities and community groups especially hard with many struggling to survive and a number having reported increasing demand for their services.  This means that smaller charities in particular need to ensure they have the skills in place to cope with this extra demand. But latest research revealed that three in ten charities report under-skilled staff within their organisation, with small organisations more likely to report skills gaps within their employees.


Chief Executive of TimeBank, Helen Walker says,


“Everyone needs to work together to survive these critical times and we know that mentoring is a powerful and effective way of doing that – sharing skills and expertise can bring real improvements to individuals and organisations.


Public sector cuts are taking their toll on charities – income has dropped but demand for our services is higher, especially for small specialist groups. A number of larger charities have been able to take extra measures to cope with the impact of the recession but small community groups haven’t necessarily had that luxury. So they could really benefit from our advice and support. Smaller charities and community groups also need to ensure they have a sufficiently skilled workforce to survive these difficult times.”


Elaine Smethurst, Head of Workforce Development at NCVO says,


“Mentoring can make a positive difference to people wanting to become more effective leaders and the idea of matching professionals in larger voluntary organisations with individuals running community groups is a creative way of providing support on limited resources. It will also enhance the learning of the mentor and build relationships across the sector, so everyone wins.”


For more information, to register as a mentor or to be supported by a mentor, log on to www.leaderstogether.org.uk

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Notes to Editors:

  • Leaders Together will run from 1st August 2010 until the end of May 2013 and is funded £120,000 from the City Bridge Trust, this is broken down by £40,000 per year for 3 years.
  • Mentors and their mentees will meet for a minimum of 24 hours over a period of six months
  • There are 10,000 registered charities with an annual income of less than £100,000 in London and up to 20,000 unregistered community groups
  • TimeBank ran Leaders Together in London from July 07-December 09 where it matched 46 senior leaders of third sector organisations with leaders of refugee community organisations. The project was funded by the London Development Agency.

Organisations with an income of under £100k

59% of charities report they are affected by the economic downturn, an increase from 56% in August 2009 and up from 38% in September 2008 (Charities and the economic downturn by The Charity Commission March 2010)

19% of charities surveyed have seen an increase in demand for their services over the last 12 months (Charities and the economic downturn by the Charity Commission March 2010)

(NCVO UK Voluntary Sector Skills Survey 2007)

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