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Mentoring

Professional mentoring scheme

Professional development in arts and criminal justice settings

Our professional mentoring scheme provides our members 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 work in, or learn more about, arts and criminal justice with experts working in the field. The mentors can provide a range of support about 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.

We run the scheme once a year, and we are currently looking for applications from potential mentees. If you are interested in applying to work with a mentor as part of our professional mentoring scheme, please read the supporting documents below, and complete and return the Mentee application form to kate.davey@clinks.org before 5pm, 31st May 2017.

Supporting documents

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

What mentees say

My mentor has been a fantastic support, very energetic. She has taken the time to answer all of my questions and has given me some excellent suggestions whilst keeping everything realistic.”

“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.”

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 art 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