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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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Mentoring in Edinburgh & the Lothians

Funded by PECF, ALEC and ESF funds.

Through this project LINKnet provides free one to one mentoring support to those who are looking for jobs, further and higher education or wanting to develop knowledge and skills. Once you come to LINKnet looking for its service you will be allocated a person (who is called a mentor) to work with you one day per week until you achieve your goal. Our mentors can help you find a job, go to College or University, to understand how things work in the UK and to improve your English language skills. In addition to the mentor you will be provided recruitment consultation to be connected with some employers and a volunteer work experience opportunity.

LINKnet have conducted similar projects over 15 years and know that mentoring is one of the best methods to develop a person who has many barriers to development. One to one attention is vital in understanding the person's needs, barriers and skills. Such knowledge together with the mentor's experience provides the necessary ingredients for success. You can be involved in the project either as a mentee or as a mentor. For further information or to get involved please contact LINKnet.

English classes

LINKnet conducts free English lessons at beginner (not absolute beginner) and intermediate 1 & 2 levels to those who need to improve their English language skills to get into the labour market or to access further studies.

Teaching is done through conversational grammar - a method which has yielded very good results. Classes are held in the evening once a week for about 5 months. LINKnet staff conducts these classes purely on a voluntary basis.

Mentor and Mentee Gathering

A gathering of mentors, mentees, board directors, LINKnet staff and potential service users will be held on Thursday 15th of February 2018 at 6.30pm, at LINKnet’s main office (venue can be changed depending on the number of people wanting to take part).


  • Tea/Coffee
  • Welcome
  • Introductions
  • Introduction of the purpose of the gathering: to identify suitable activities for the series of events to be held in the near future
  • Thoughts on the types of events people would like to participate
  • Discussion about the days, times, format etc.
  • Identifying volunteers
  • Networking
  • Food and Drinks

All are welcome!

Please confirm your attendance by calling on 0131 225 7970 or emailing to before Fri 02 Feb 2018.

Vacancy: Out-Reach Development Officer

The position of Out-Reach Development Officer with LINKnet has become available through Big Lottery funding of the Open Arms project, which aims to address the issues of loss, isolation and loneliness of minority ethnic women. This is a female only post under paragraph 1 of Schedule 9 of the Equality Act 2010.

LINKnet Mentoring Limited is based in Edinburgh and provides mentoring support to minority ethnic people on career, education and personal development as its core service.

As the post holder you will undertake out-reach work to promote LINKnet services under the Open Arms project to recruit clients and volunteers (befrienders/mentors). In addition, you’ll be responsible for matching befriending or mentoring pairs, as well as managing, monitoring and evaluating their progress. You’ll also organise regular social events.

You should be educated to degree level from a profession that is people oriented, and you will have experience of working with minority ethnic people and/or refugees. You’ll be able to speak a community language (other than English) and have a good knowledge of minority ethnic organisations in Edinburgh and the Lothians.

You’ll have good IT skills, including word processing and database management and experience of organizing and participating in small to medium sized events.

This is a part-time role (21 hrs per week) and the salary is £20,000 per annum (pro-rata). As an equal opportunities provider, and a warm and inclusive organisation, LINKnet wishes to encourage people from disadvantaged groups of society to apply.

For an application pack, please email

Closing date : 15 Feb 2018

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


European Social Fund

European Social Fund


The City of Edinburgh Councils One City Trust

The City of Edinburgh Councils One City Trust


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