The Mullany Fund is trying to recruit more volunteer mentors

The Mullany Fund are a social mobility organisation based at Swansea University that run a Lottery funded e-Mentoring programme for young people to provide them with support on their studies and future career paths. The focus is on those with an interest in life sciences. We are a widening access charity, so we prioritise students from less advantaged backgrounds. Students joining the scheme are from south Wales.

In these difficult and strange times, we are currently trying to recruit more volunteer mentors, working across the sciences, to support our students to follow the career path to which they might aspire, as well as give them a little more information about science options that might be available to them. We also feel that mentors can provide a valuable general support, as students experience remote working for the first time, with less guidance than normal.

If you are interested in supporting a young person, who might not be able to obtain support elsewhere, to reach their career goal, please do sign up to our next e-Mentoring session as a volunteer!

The next session runs from 11th May -19th June. We will be open to young people from all year groups from year 9. When you sign up via the registration form, you will be given the options of mentoring across three speciality areas. We try and match these as closely as possible with the interests of the students who sign up, although you should be aware that sometimes students enrolled are at the point where they just need help to decide what they would like to do in the future. We hope you can mentor up to three students, but just let us know if you would like fewer students and we will ensure that, if you are matched, you are allocated only the number you agree to.

Although this is a voluntary position, we would very much hope that mentors could gain from the skills that they learn through their involvement which might contribute to their continuing professional development. You will need a DBS which is three years in date for the end of the session (i.e. latest acceptable be 19th June, 2017), but if you don’t have one you can apply through us, and we will cover the costs (instructions on how to do this will appear once registered). You can sign up here!

You can also find out more about being a mentor, here!… and here.

Please feel free to circulate this to anybody who you think would be interested.