Governance Mentors, an initiative of Volunteering Western Victoria, is a new social enterprise that has been developed to provide community leaders with the opportunity to mentor community organisations, to deliver good governance.
We have been assisting Volunteering Western Victoria in implementing a marketing plan for Governance Mentors. As part of this implementation process, I have become the Melbourne Program Coordinator, to test the scalability of the social enterprise and its ability to achieve its aims.
As the Melbourne based Program Coordinator, it has been my role to help find and match mentors with potential organisations. In addition, I provide ongoing support to ensure that mentors and organisations are achieving positive outcomes.
The second training session for Governance Mentors was held in Horsham, with a second group of mentors now ready to support community organisations.
Training enables mentors to reinforce their knowledge on their role and the program. Mentors were encouraged to learn from one another and share the experiences they have in working and volunteering for community groups.
Our marketing plan identified the need to develop the narrative of Governance Mentors, explaining the importance of good governance and the outcomes that will be achieved. We undertook video interviews with mentors and other stakeholders to gain an insight into the program.
Governance Mentors is an innovative program that offers professional development through volunteering.