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Helen Payne, Charlie Dorman & Emma Leeds

Unsuspecting mentors

Theme: Results
Area: Mentoring
Type: Workshop
Style: Mainly Lecture

Session on Thursday, Mar 02, 10:55
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Helen Payne is both a mentor and trainer of mentors. Over the years she has developed training content and style that enables previously inexperienced people to up skill and gain simple yet powerful new skills and understanding to deliver appropriate mentoring to individuals with complex needs and vulnerabilities.

Emma Leeds works for Connection Crew CIC as the Impact and Personnel Officer. Her role within the company includes the management of Connection Crew Academy, the training and development of the ex-homeless trainees, as well as managing the mentors and their relationship with their mentees.

Charlie Dorman is the Co-Director of Connection Crew CIC, a corporate events crewing company coupled as a social enterprise. As well as his vast experience in the events industry, he also has over ten years’ experience working with individuals who have experienced homelessness and assisting them back into employment with Connection Crew.


This interactive workshop will showcase a range of positive and sometimes unexpected results of a mentoring programme designed to support people who are emerging from street homelessness into employment. The programme is designed and delivered by Connection Crew CIC (a social enterprise) and called the Connection Crew Academy. Mentors are recruited from the staff group; who, whilst skilled technicians have had no previous experience of mentoring.

The Academy bought in some training that was designed specifically for people within not-for-profit sector who wish to take on a mentoring role with people who have multiple needs and vulnerabilities. We want to show the conference how the training and mentoring practice had a broad range of positive, deep impacting results; on staff, mentees and the organisation as a whole. This workshop is a joint presentation between Connection Crew CIC and Green Fern Training. Charlie and Emma will share the results they have found of Connection Crew Academy mentoring programme. Helen will talk about the mentor training delivered to the volunteer staff members who became mentors.

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