Become a Koestler Mentor
Koestler Mentors volunteer to support one or more mentees who have been involved in the criminal justice system and who have an interest in the arts.
We give our mentors full training and support, but it is our mentors’ energy, arts expertise and organisational skills that are vital to the success of the mentoring programmes. Mentors meet with their Koestler Mentee to identify what they would like to achieve in the arts and then have up to 10 one-to-one mentoring sessions to carry out arts based activities such as reviewing your mentees’ work or attending exhibitions/events together.
What will I gain from becoming a Koestler Mentor?
- You’ll be doing something meaningful, enjoyable, constructive and challenging
- You’ll develop coaching and counselling skills that are transferable to your personal and professional life
- Mentoring can revitalise your own practice
- Mentoring can be rewarding as the person you mentor develops and progresses
- Mentors will be automatically invited to Koestler events such as exhibition and sale previews, workshops and seminars
- The Koestler Trust will provide you with a reference detailing the work you’ve undertaken as a mentor We have mentees looking for a mentor in a wide range of Koestler artforms across England and Wales including writing, fine and applied arts, design, film and music.
The training has been really inspirational and I’m really excited about becoming a mentor. It was well organised, with clear goals and expectations, a standard of mutual respect and space for everyone to contribute.
We especially welcome applications from mentors working in music, and from visual artists based in Wales, and the North of England.
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