HR mentoring support for small charities – CIPD offer to NICVA members

23 Jul 2020 Shauna O'Neill    Last updated: 14 Oct 2020

Free HR support

Navigating through the workplace and people challenges caused by Covid-19 can be difficult.  This is particularly the case for small charities – many of whom have either a limited or no HR function.  

To help address this, CIPD (the professional body for HR) is offering free HR mentoring support to NICVA member charities during this difficult time, up until the end of October 2020. The mentoring will be provided by a volunteer HR professional, directly recruited by the CIPD from their network of 155,000 members. This could be particularly beneficial if you are a small charity, with a sole HR resource, looking for guidance from a fellow HR professional on your people-related challenges such as employee health and wellbeing, managing change, or workforce planning. 

The mentoring is expected to take place for 1-2 hours a week (via telephone, email or video chat) for a maximum of 6 weeks. You do not need to be a CIPD member to access this resource.

To register your interest in taking part in this scheme, please contact Charlotte Haynes at CIPD ([email protected]) before end of October 2020.  The CIPD will then do their best to match you with a suitable volunteer mentor within a maximum of 2 weeks.  

What you can expect from your mentor:

  • Your HR mentor is a CIPD member
  • Your HR mentor will be providing guidance to the charity around HR processes and COVID-19 related issues
  • Suggested time commitment is 1-2 hours per week for a minimum of 6 weeks (you can mutually agree when is best to end the mentoring relationship) 
  • The volunteering will take place remotely to ensure your safety during the Covid-19 pandemic  

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by Shauna O'Neill

Communications Officer

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