Stepping Stones Mentor

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Organisation : Brotherhood of St Laurence

Location : Melbourne

Time required : 2-4 a fortnight (negotiable)

Duration of project : 12 months

Sector : Community Engagement, Education & Training, Women

Posted on : 30 Dec, 2019

About the role

Summary of program and its objectives
The Stepping Stones Program’s objective is to ensure that women from refugee and migrant backgrounds are socially connected and through informed choice are able to control their economic participation through starting and running a small business.  The Program aims to build upon participants’ strengths by providing training and skills development, business and financial literacy education, mentoring activities and support to increase refugee and migrant women’s social interaction, economic participation and awareness of rights. It also provides small business seminars to the wider refugee and migrant community.
There are several Stepping Stones mentoring opportunities for volunteers to contribute to the program. These include (but not limited to):
  • One-on-one mentoring support, marketing skills (for business program participants at a time).
  • Transactional mentoring/Short term (for resume and cover letter writing).
  • Transactional mentoring/Short term (for stages of business – with retail, markets and craft and services experts).
  • Goal setting sessions – life coaching or small business planning experience preferred.
  • Run a pro bono Workshop, or assist in workshops– helping individuals with business plans, marketing or preparing entrepreneurs to market/pitch their business.
To meet the selection criteria, candidate will require
  • Ability to hold fortnightly mentoring sessions for a minimum of twelve months (if taking on a one-on-one role).
  • Commitment to attend mentor induction sessions.
  • Ability to relate to people from different cultural backgrounds.
  • Excellent communication skills and patience to persist with possible challenges.
  • Micro/Small Business knowledge.
  • Micro/Small Business development and management skills.
  • Finance/marketing knowledge and/or experience.
  • A passionate desire to contribute to positive change in people’s lives.
  • A satisfactory police check and Working with Children Check (WWCC).
  • Understanding of and sympathy with the values and ideals of the BSL.
For further details, download and read the Stepping Stones Mentor Role Description or phone Emma Gale, Stepping Stones project officer – volunteers on (03) 9422 5651.
To apply: please email your cover letter, completed screening questionnaire and resume. Please note that all our applicants are required to complete the screening questionnaire.

About the organisation

Organisation name : Brotherhood of St Laurence
Not for Profit : Yes

How to apply for this role

Applications not allowed for this volunteering opportunity.

Please quote in application: Stepping Stones Mentor via Pro Bono Australia.


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