Mentoring Matters

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Mentoring with Community Skillsbank




All people need is a little help, a little hope,

and someone who believes in them

Volunteer Skillsbank supports and encourages mentoring as a positive effective form of volunteering. Where skills or knowledge are needed in a community organisation, (perhaps a volunteer, already in a role, who would benefit from up-skilling) there is often the solution to be found locally. A person with the required skill, willing to share it with the organisation or individual in need, becomes a short term volunteer and a mentor.

Skillsbank will support and carefully match the mentor with the need, or alternatively, the need with the mentor.

Benefits of mentoring

  • Personal fulfilment and job satisfaction
  • Innovative response to challenges
  • Increased sense of community and social obligation
  • Engaging in low-cost, short-term, low risk and high-impact ways of making knowledge, skills and experience accessible
  • Improved staff morale and motivation
  • Building understanding, organisation skills and better communities

If you are an individual with a skill to offer, interested in taking on a mentoring role...

If you are a not-for-profit organisation who would benefit from involving a mentor...

Please contact Volunteer Skillsbank on (03) 5721 0256 Alternatively, register with Volunteer Skillsbank by visiting our How It Works page.




Invitation to men


Have you heard about our men's mentor groups?

For some time now, groups of men have been getting together to look after their own well-being. These groups are for men who want to move forward with their lives, no matter what challenges they face.

There is no fee for attending, just a commitment to participate.

For further information contact




Youth Mentoring



North East Support and Action for Youth Inc (NESAY) is a community managed incorporated agency committed to providing a service to vulnerable youth, the homeless and people who have been disenfranchised by their personal circumstances to address the issues of adolescence, family life, homelessness and employment options.

Visit the NESAY website for more information on mentoring with NESAY.


Tomorrow:Today Foundation is a philanthropic organisation, formed and run by local people to provide funds for local community projects. It is Benalla District’s Community Foundation, working to bring about positive change.

Visit the Tomorrow:Today Foundation website for more information on mentoring with the Tomorrow:Today Foundation.


Links and resources



The Australian Youth Mentoring Network


The Australian Youth Mentoring Network, Australia's peak mentoring body, is a national hub for youth mentoring research, tools and resources. The Australian Youth Mentoring Network aims to work with interested youth mentoring organisations and practitioners to foster the growth and development of high quality mentoring programs for young people in Australia by providing a national base of collaboration, support, guidance and expertise.



The Victorian Youth Mentoring Alliance


The Victorian Youth Mentoring Alliance is the peak body for youth mentoring in Victoria. We are an independent, not-for-profit organisation.

Our vision is for strong, connected Victorian communities where young people have the opportunity to reach their potential through quality mentoring experiences.



Youth Mentoring Program

The Mentoring and Capacity Building Initiative


The MCBI involves working with partners across government and the community to achieve:

  • a whole-of-government and community approach to stimulating higher levels of access to quality mentoring programs and supporting volunteering in mentoring roles;
  • a means to support existing and potential providers of mentoring programs to achieve high quality assurance and continuous improvement in the delivery of mentoring programs; and
  • a means to assist business, community and philanthropic organisations to feel greater confidence when supporting mentoring by ensuring programs meet important community standards.


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