European Commission signs up for mentoring partnership

An organisation that promotes mentoring has formed a partnership with a European Commission programme that will enable it to develop a continent-wide mentoring and befriending framework.

The Mentoring and Befriending Foundation has signed the deal with the commission's Grundtvig Programme, which promotes training opportunities across Europe.

The agreement will enable MBF to develop - in partnership with similar overseas bodies - a mentoring and befriending charter that will act as a framework for programmes across the European Union.

Under the terms of the agreement, the MBF will receive a small amount of cash, but, more importantly, it will have access to partner organisations in France, Germany, Spain, Belgium, Estonia and Bulgaria.

Steve Leach, deputy chief executive of MBF, which supports 3,000 voluntary projects in England, said: "We recognise that mentoring and befriending involves a three-cornered learning relationship between the client, the volunteer and the coordinator.

"We will develop common principles and guidelines for setting up and improving programmes of volunteer mentoring and befriending and shared opportunities for learning."

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