About Us

We provide FREE mentoring to charities and not-for-profit community organisations across Kent and Medway.

Our mentors are experienced leaders of charities, social enterprises and other community organisations. They all volunteer their time to provide mentoring sessions to help other charity CEOs, managers and/or trustees with strategic issues.

We know that running a charity or social enterprise can be a challenging and sometimes lonely job. Managing the daily operational and financial issues often allows little time to consider the strategic direction of an organisation. 

Maybe you have lots of ideas, but are unsure which is the best one to take your organisation to where you want to go, or you don’t know how to get there?

Speaking to a mentor with top-level management experience in the business or charity sectors can help you to get fresh perspectives, and help to release time so you can look beyond the immediate service delivery and focus on future challenges.

Our mentors can make a real difference.  They have been carefully selected to ensure that that they add value to you, the mentee, and ultimately to your organisation.

Our Vision and Mission

Our vision is for vibrant charities and not-for-profit social organisations throughout Kent and Medway, producing excellent outcomes led by confident leaders with clear strategic purpose.

The mission of Charity Mentors Kent and Medway is to provide these leaders with free, high-quality mentoring and support for strategic thinking, so that they are empowered to improve the resilience, efficiency, and social impact of their organisations.

Our Values

  • Collaboration
  • Creativity
  • Respect
  • Trust

Our History

What inspired us?

In 2013 a charity in Oxfordshire ran into difficulty and faced closure.  The charity sought advice from an independent experienced business leader who helped it to see and explore different options and come up with solutions that meant the charity survived.  This inspired the birth of Charity Mentors Oxfordshire, which has gone on to establish an excellent reputation helpingthe Oxfordshire voluntary sector. 

Charity Mentors East Sussex was formed in 2016, adopting the same template.   Charity Mentors Kent and Medway, an independent charitable organisation, is the latest to follow the examples of these other successful mentoring organisations. We were established in the early part of 2020, with the current Chair Nick Marden leading the initial set-up and operations of the charity. Our Co-ordinator Claire Cardy joined in August 2021.