27 March 2020 By Victoria Tomlinson
The platform is now closed and not accepting new sign ups.
500 mentors was launched at great speed, with the support of Leeds City Council, to help entrepreneurs and leaders (of any sector) in COVID-19 times.
You can join the site free with this link (sign up page). To log in to the account follow this link – you just need to complete your profile, say if you want to mentor others or be mentored and then make connections. More details on all this below.
Initially with a Yorkshire focus, Leeds CC have agreed you can be from anywhere in the UK.
Who can mentor?
Senior people coming up to retirement or recently retired – or still working with spare time. We suggest you offer mentees a free 45-minute Zoom session once a week – but agree what works with your mentee.
Who can be a mentee?
Any entrepreneur or business leader or leader from public/voluntary sectors who could do with someone to talk to and/or practical help. We suggest you have a free 45-minute Zoom session once a week but agree what works with your mentor. Ideas as to why you might want a mentor here.
What do I do?
There is no limit to how many people you approach or help.
Weekly calls for mentors
There is a free Zoom call that mentors can join on Wednesdays at 2.30 pm. Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to join this.
Tips on being a mentor
Thanks to Gareth Healey for tips on being a mentor in COVID-19 times
We have amazing mentors signed up already – do ask for their help.
Watch the short video below by Victoria Tomlinson to explain the 500 mentors campaign – and tips for mentors and mentees when writing your profiles or asking for help.
We welcome feedback. This campaign and site were launched at incredible speed – days! We are still refining and tweaking it all to make it easy for you.
Contact email@example.com for help, feedback or ideas.
And finally thanks to so many people for supporting this campaign. Of course, Leeds City Council, also NorthInvest, RSM, Tech Mentors: Yorkshire. And the dozens of networks and business organisations lending their support to the campaign. Thank you – you are all making a difference.
Victoria Tomlinson is chief executive and founder of Next-Up. Next-Up supports employers with a range of services for directors, partners and employees to help them understand the impact of retirement on mental health and create a plan to use their skills and experience in new ways to ensure wellbeing. A key part of our role is to inspire people with ideas and contacts, beyond traditional expectations. A former director of EY, she is an international speaker on unretirement, personal branding and using LinkedIn strategically as well as on leadership and women on boards. She mentors chief executives and directors, start-up businesses and ex-offenders. Victoria is Honorary Teaching Fellow at Lancaster University and chaired an advisory board for University of Leeds.