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Professional mentoring scheme

Professional development in arts and criminal justice settings

Our professional mentoring scheme provides our network with opportunities to develop professional skills and knowledge in the field of arts and criminal justice through a one-to-one mentoring relationship.

The scheme matches new and emerging practitioners who want to learn more and develop their career in arts and criminal justice with experts working in the field. The mentors can provide a range of specialist guidance and support on using arts within the criminal justice system.

  • Professional guidance and ideas on career development – support and advice on the direction your career is taking
  • Networking opportunities – the chance to meet other professionals working in arts and criminal justice
  • Advice on training and professional development – support and advice around finding training opportunities and ways to develop your practice
  • Information on relevant events – find out about events and opportunities within the arts and criminal justice sector
  • Advice on running arts projects/programmes and organisations – support with specifics such as fundraising, evaluating and making the case for your arts project.

Former mentees have gone on to form their own arts organisation, secure funding for new projects and take up volunteering opportunities in prisons.

The Mentoring & Befriending Foundation toolkit and expert advice was used to develop this scheme.

We run the scheme once a year, and applications will open in July 2018 for partnerships to start in September 2018.

How to apply

Please read the information pack below, then complete and return the relevant application form to info@artsincriminaljustice.org.uk

What mentees say

My mentor has been amazing. They have a huge knowledge base and the match has been perfect. I feel very lucky to be part of this programme.”

“My mentor has given me plenty of ideas concerning funding. She also set me up with her colleagues for a more detailed discussion which included strategy and sources.”

What mentors say

It is rewarding for me to meet and talk to someone with such energy and passion in what she does. I have wondered how to help her as she has huge experience already in so many areas. I continue to realise that being able to listen while someone ‘thinks outside their brain’ is very valuable.”

“It made me realise that these kinds of relationships are very important to have, we need to share and support as much as we can for the benefit of everyone.”

The mentoring scheme is a professional mentoring scheme for emerging practitioners and professionals who would like to work in arts and criminal justice settings. The aim is to pair mentees with mentors who have years of experience in the sector so they can share skills and learn from each other. The scheme does not pair arts mentors with prisoners or people who have just come out of prison. The Koestler Trust runs an arts mentoring scheme designed to support people with experience of the criminal justice system with their interest in the arts. Click here for information on this.

Image courtesy of Dance United archive