We developed a marketing plan for Governance Mentors in 2013, and this year we have been implementing this plan.
Governance Mentors is a not-for-profit social enterprise that builds community through governance. The program was developed by Volunteering Western Victoria, a volunteer resource centre based in Horsham.
Governance Mentors is currently being tested in Melbourne and piloted in Horsham.
2014 marked an exciting start to Governance Mentors. As a part of the program, mentors are provided with training on governance and mentoring. Three training sessions have been held so far, and we have been able to document video testimonials from mentors, to build the narrative of the program.
Mentor interest in Governance Mentors has been high. In Melbourne, there is currently a waiting list of ten mentors, who will be taking part in a future training session.
In Horsham, a breakfast was held for regional mentors. Mentors were provided with an update of the program, and had the ability to network and meet their peers.
Alex Makin at the mentor breakfast in Horsham
Governance Mentors has attracted mentors who are passionate about the not-for-profit sector, and have a genuine interest in governance.
Interest from organisations has also been strong. The types of organisations that have expressed interest has been broad, including community centres, NGOs, disability providers, as well as organisations that support culturally and linguistically diverse communities.
Areas of interest identified by organisations include time management, financial management, risk management, committee process and collective decision making, stakeholder engagement and planning for the future. Four matches have been made so far.
Governance Mentors now has a dynamic new website www.governancementors.org.au where you can learn more about the program.
If you are based in Melbourne or Horsham and are interested in nominating your organisation for the Governance Mentors program please send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.governancementors.org.au.