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LINKnet Services

(All LINKnet services are free of charge and offered to minority ethnic people living in Edinburgh and the Lothians)

  1. One-to-one mentoring service
  2. Drop-in service
  3. Voluntary work placement service
  4. Diverse recruitment consultancy
  5. Training centre
  6. Language centre
  7. Jump In!

1. One-to-one mentoring service

One-to-one mentoring is provided for education, employment and personal development.  A qualified, experienced and trained volunteer mentor is assigned to a mentee to provide support ( for up to six months) 2 to 3 hours per week, for the mentee to achieve employment, access further education,  improved English language skills, self-confidence, self-esteem and signposting to other services.

2. Drop-in service

LINKnet hold a weekly drop-in service (on Wednesdays from 10am to 4pm) for people to come in without an appointment to seek short-term support for job applications, CV writing, interview techniques, job searches, writing cover letters and other official letters, seeking information on housing, benefits, domestic abuse, mental health, help in basic computer skills and setting up email accounts, basic knowledge on social media, and so on.

3. Voluntary work placements

Job seekers who do not have UK work experience will be invited to volunteer with LINKnet or with partner organisations in order to get work experience. At least one full day’s commitment is required from the potential volunteers. Voluntary work is available in office administration, out-reach volunteering, fundraising volunteering, and volunteer mentoring.

4. Diverse recruitment consultancy (DRC)

DRC records job seekers in a Skillspool database and connects them to potential employers. DRC is currently expanding its outreach to employers keen to recruit a diverse workforce in order to draw their attention to LINKnet’s skillspool.

5. Training centre

LINKnet currently offers the following: Care work training, Mentor training, Employability skills training, Outreach work training, and Office administration training. Training time tables are advertised from time to time as part of LINKnet’s outreach programme.

6. Extra language support

Group English classes are offered twice a week at beginner-to-intermediate and intermediate-to-advanced levels (one day for each level). Classes focus on improving practical language skills for employability, further education, and life in the UK.

7. Jump In!

Jump In! is a new project, promoting civic and cultural inclusion. As a social mentoring project, Jump In! offers the whole LINKnet community the opportunity to jump into life in Edinburgh, enjoy the amenities that the city has to offer, and develop the confidence to get involved in wider community activities.

Mentors wanted

Testimonials

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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