Mentoring Monthly for everyone supporting, signed up for, and interested in Get Mentoring.
Mentoring Monthly
July's Mentoring Monthly is a hive of activity.

We've got an inspiring story of mentoring in action from Norfolk, new mentors in Halifax, Newbury and London telling us why they've signed up to the scheme, an interview with business guru and mentoring ambassador Carl Hopkins, and new evening training dates announced across the UK.

We'll also be talking about free membership to the Institute of Enterprise and Entrepreneurs - offered to all mentors who complete their training - and how mentors can promote their 'IOEE mentor status' to potential mentees.

And with the opportunity to take part in the fully funded mentor training coming to an end later this year, we're encouraging as many budding mentors as possible to enrol while they still can. If you know anyone who would make a great mentor, please let them know by using the 'Tell a Friend' tool on the Get Mentoring homepage.
Nigel Coombs
A Mentor's Story: All three Directors of Opus Accounting have completed the mentor training. We talked to director, Nigel Coombs, FCCA, to find out 'what's in it for them'. more
Healthy Self Article
A Mentor's Story: Social media expert and new business owner Janet Bebb aims to add mentoring to the long list of ways she engages with and supports businesses. Read her story here.
A Mentor's Story: Business Development Director Neville Sankey believes providing the inspiration entrepreneurs need to start up or grow their businesses should be at the heart of mentoring. Having helped raise five children and worked with recently graduated professionals in his current role, he’s familiar with the importance of nurturing talent and is keen to put his formalised training to good use.
"Volunteering reduces stress" says US based research
According to US based health site SELF, research from a United Healthcare poll has shown that 92 percent of volunteers find their work enriches their sense of purpose, while 89 percent say it enhances well-being and 73 percent feel less stressed due to volunteering. The article goes on to say that volunteering is a great outlet for professional or creative skills. So what are you waiting for? Start volunteering today. And of course a great way to volunteer is to support a new business and help them benefit from your experience. But then we would say that! 
Who knows who you could mentor? Nice news spot on BBC Wales last week: An interview from Greg Galluzzo. Greg helped train people in America to take action on issues affecting their local communities and is proud to have been a mentor to Barack Obama in the early years of his career.
Sally and Jess
Mentoring In Action: Jess Bailey, completed her Get Mentoring training earlier in the year and has recently started mentoring Sally Brown from The Happy Bee Company. We spoke to Jess and Sally, both based in Norfolk, about their backgrounds, what interested them in mentoring, and how it's going so far. Read their stories here.
IOEE mentor
Completed the course? Let people know you're happy to mentor by activating your free IOEE membership and downloading the 'IOEE mentor' logo for your emails and letterheads. You can activate your membership by using the unique ID on your Cerificate of Recognition and completing this formHaving trouble with any of these processes? Drop us an email, we're happy to help.
Get Mentoring is delighted to be supporting the Mumpreneur Awards, a celebration of some of the UK's most inspiring, hard-working and dedicated mumpreneurs. We are backing the 'Best Supporting Business' Award to celebrate those individuals that are volunteering to mentor and finding other ways to support their fellow entrepreneurs and the wider community. Want to enter the awards or know someone who should? Find out more here.
Get Mentoring After Dark (well dusk)
Get Mentoring is now running early evening courses from 5.30-9.00pm in London, Oxford, Cambridge, Bristol, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Nottingham and Leeds. 
Spread the word or sign up if you haven't already here.
Business in You
In July, two businesses shared their stories on national radio adverts as part of a Business in You campaign to encourage people to take up mentoring support. Nick Gill of Douglas Gill International described how working with a mentor helped him grow his business. Nick's company now exports to 33 countries and is one of the world’s top technical marine clothing brands. The advert urges listeners to visit Business in You to find out how find a mentor, this signposts them to Mentorsme where Get Mentoring mentors are deployed via the IOEE and other mentoring organisations.  
Carl Hopkins
Q&A: Carl Hopkins
This month, business guru and mentoring ambassador, Carl Hopkins talks all about the challenges of running a business and how to find a good mentor. Read Carl's interview here.
Not completed the course yet but like the idea of doing it online? All you need to do is register online and put an evening or two aside to work through the modules and complete the course. Then do the multi-choice questionnaire to let us know that you're done. Want a sneak preview? See our screenshot here.
Mentoring in a Minute
Our monthly taster of one of the principles taught through the scheme.
This week: How to structure mentoring sessions using the GROW model.
The GROW model, developed by John Whitmore, allows you to ‘navigate’ your way through a session and encourage the mentee to act on their own decisions rather than through instructions given to them. This is done by asking them to:
G – Set their own Goals
R – Assess their current Reality, or where they are now in relation to those goals
O – Explore their Options
W – Ensure they have the Will, or motivation, to run with their ideas.
As your relationship develops and the mentee’s business takes shape these four elements can be revised and revisited.
Don't forget, if you've completed the training there's a list of Mentoring Organisations and NEA providers across the UK waiting to hear from you. Whether you're keen to mentor the over 50s, unemployed people aiming to start up, high growth businesses or young entrepreneurs, see who's looking and see where you'd like to help. 
Made Festival
The programme for the MADE Festival in Sheffield is looking very exciting this year. Speakers include Emma Bridgewater, Kanya King and Wayne Hemmingway. See the full line up here.
The Big Eco Show
The Big Eco Show, Stadium of Light
If you're interested in the future of business in a low-carbon and climate resilient economy. Strong supporters of mentoring, ClimateNE, are hosting the Big ECO show at the Stadium of Light in Sunderland to celebrate the ambitious, diverse and thriving business community in this field.  Find out more here.
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