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What is mentoring?

What is mentoring?

Mentoring is a process in which one experienced, knowledgeable and trained person supports the development of another person.

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Becoming a mentor

Becoming a mentor

Any person from any community who has the knowledge and skills to help someone in the fields of employment and education, can be a mentor.

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Becoming a mentee

Becoming a mentee

Anyone who belongs to a minority ethnic group can become a mentee and use LINKnet's services to seek jobs or to access further/higher education.

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Mentee Leaflet


  • Mentoring projects - To support people on employment, education and personal development through the provision of a one to one mentoring service
  • Befriending Service - Supporting people to learn about Scotland, its culture, English language and other necessary aspects of Scottish life for them to settle in here with ease through the provision of a one to one befriending service
  • English classes - English language classes are provided at beginner to intermediate and intermediate to advanced levels
  • Volunteer work placement service - To support people to gain work experience and improve their employability
  • Ethnic talent Showcase - To promote ethnic talents in the entertainment field
  • Social events - Educational and cultural events are held for people to socialise and make new social connections

LINKnet wins the Queen's Award for voluntary service 2018

LINKnet wins the Queen's Award for voluntary service 2018On 02 June 2018, the Queen’s Award Committee approved LINKnet’s nomination for the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service in 2018. At a ceremony held on 30 July 2018 at the City Chambers of Edinburgh, the Queen’s representative, Lord Lieutenant Frank Ross awarded the certificate and the crystal to a group of representatives from LINKnet stakeholders. The award had been achieved by only two organisations in Edinburg in 2018.

LINKnet is the first and the only minority ethnic organisation from Edinburgh and the Lothians to win this prestigious award since its inception in 2002 on Queen’s birth day honours.

LINKnet receiving queens award

Mentors wanted


Testimonial 1

Olayinka Dada:
"I came in contact with LINKnet Mentoring Ltd through a family friend. And my first day at LINKnet was really welcoming and pleasant..."

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Testimonial 2

Pepita Gomez:
"I arrived in Edinburgh in Aug 2014 with my daughter. Our English was poor. I started learning English in a class that was conducted by an association."

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Testimonial 3

Russell Dadzie:
"I was introduced to LINKnet Mentoring by a friend who had received mentoring a couple of years ago."

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Current Funders

Scottish Government

Scottish Government's Promoting Equality and Community Cohesion Fund & Scottish Government's Adult Learning and Empowering Communities Fund


The City of Edinburgh Councils One City Trust

The City of Edinburgh Councils One City Trust


The Big Lottery Community Fund

The Big Lottery Community Fund


One City Trust Edinburgh

One City Trust Edinburgh


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