Mentoring for All - Museums Association

Mentoring for All

Mentoring for All is a cohort mentoring programme, which means that all mentees and mentors start their mentoring journey together.

The programme lasts for 12 months and hopes to support mentees from all backgrounds, disciplines and career stages to develop confidence, competence and connections within the sector. Over the 12 months there will be six 1.5- to 2-hour mentoring sessions.

Mentees and mentors will be matched as part of this process following successful applications to participate. All mentoring relationships will commence in November 2023 and end in December 2024, inclusive of an evaluation phase, and all participants will be supported throughout their mentoring experience.

About mentoring

Mentoring is a successful method of professional and personal development and looks to support the whole person as they develop their professional practice.

Unlike a taught course, mentoring provides a bespoke development opportunity that is mentee-led. The mentee shapes and informs their own learning experience, focusing on their specific development priorities, working collaboratively with the mentor to realise goals.

The mentor holds a confidential and safe space to reflect, share and ‘workshop’ situations and challenges. Mentors are supportive, non-judgmental and can function as a sounding board, a mirror, a resource bank, a cheerleader or a connector. Mentors provide opportunities to develop solutions by drawing on their experience of working in the sector. 

Whether you have been mentored before or this is your first time, this inclusive and safe space will enable you to explore what is important to you – career ambitions, professional development or how to manage a particular situation. You may have a goal in mind already, or you may want to explore this as part of the mentoring relationship: it’s your time and it’s led by you.

Mentoring provides the flexibility to meet everyone’s needs. By being able to book online mentoring session times around other commitments, there are no travel or working hour requirements, and the session length or platform can be adapted to support different learning styles, health conditions and disabilities.



Applications for mentors have now closed. If you are interested in becoming a mentor in future for any of our programmes, please contact


Applications for mentees have now closed.


For more information about Mentoring for All, please email Tamsin Russell, workforce development lead, via