One Million Mentors delighted to be awarded a grant from the Connected Communities Innovation Fund by DCMS and Nesta

17 May 2018

One Million Mentors is an innovative and exciting initiative which looks to recruit, train, support and deploy a million professionals as mentors to organisations working with young people over the next decade.

Our platform enables mentors to access high quality online training, free face-to-face local training, as well as access to resources and good practice in mentoring in the UK and internationally. We also provide ongoing support throughout the mentoring relationship.

Against the post-referendum backdrop of division and increasing polarisation between generations and social classes, we aim to provide opportunities and a safe space for the mentor-mentee to widen their horizons, help break down social barriers, and develop mutual respect and understanding between people of different backgrounds.

“We believe the full potential of One Million Mentors could be transformational in increasing employability skills, unlocking new opportunities and networks, promoting social mobility and social cohesion.”

Rushanara Ali MP Co-Founder of UpRising and Founding Chair of One Million Mentors.

Mentoring with One Million Mentors provides enhanced professional development for staff, opening opportunities to ‘come out of the bubble’ and engage meaningfully with a diverse range of people, as well as opportunities to identify and support new talent in local communities.

One Million Mentors is one of 16 organisations selected to take part in Connected Communities Innovation Fund. The Connected Communities Innovation Fund is a partnership between Nesta and the Office for Civil Society at DCMS, providing up to £4 million in grants, alongside significant non-financial support, to the best innovations that mobilise people’s time and talents. The Connected Communities Innovation Fund forms part of a series of live funds from Nesta and Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport to mobilise volunteers alongside public services and grow the most impactful interventions that change lives. You can find out more information about Connected Communities Innovation Fund here:

“One Million Mentors is delighted to be awarded the Connected Communities Innovation Fund. We are looking to improve our offer, build a strong narrative in terms of impact and scaling mentoring to a level never seen before in the UK.”

Alveena Malik Co-Founder and Director of One Million Mentors

We are keen to attract a diverse range of mentors from different backgrounds and different sectors (including specific target of aged 50 plus mentors). If you are over the age of 25 years old, a professional or retired professional and can commit to one hour, once a month for up to a year then please sign up to One Million Mentors (