TimeBank launches mentoring scheme for small London charities

Volunteering charity's Leaders Together initiative is funded by the City Bridge Trust

Volunteering charity TimeBank has launched a £120,000 mentoring scheme in which small charities and community groups in London will receive support and advice from senior figures from the public, private and voluntary sectors.

The scheme, called Leaders Together, is being funded by a grant from the City Bridge Trust and will run until May 2013.

Mentors will spend at least 24 hours helping the charities and community groups over a six-month period. They will give advice on areas such as fundraising, financial management, communications and lobbying.

A spokeswoman for the charity said it was looking for applications from groups that needed support and people who could volunteer to provide it. She said the charity aimed to set up at least 70 mentoring partnerships this year.

Helen Walker, chief executive of TimeBank, said: "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."

Those interested in the scheme should visit www.leaderstogether.org.uk

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