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What is mentoring?

What is mentoring?

Mentoring is a process in which one experienced, knowledgeable and trained person supports the development of another person.

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Becoming a mentor

Becoming a mentor

Any person from any community who has the knowledge and skills to help someone in the fields of employment and education, he/she can be a mentor.

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Becoming a mentee

Becoming a mentee

All individuals who belong to minority ethnic groups can be a mentee and seek LINKnet service to get a job or to access further/higher education.

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Mentoring in Edinburgh & the Lothians

Funded by PECF, ALEC and ESF funds.

Through this project LINKnet provides free one to one mentoring support to those who are looking to get jobs, looking for further and higher education or wanting to develop knowledge and skills. Once you come to LINKnet looking for its service you will be allocated a person (who is called a mentor) to work with you on one day per week basis until you achieve your goal. Our mentors can help you to get a job, go to College or University or to understand how things work in the UK and to improve your English language skills. In addition to the mentor you will be provided recruitment consultation to be connected with some employers and a volunteer work experience opportunity.

LINKnet have conducted similar projects over 15 years and know that mentoring is one of the best methods to develop a person who has many barriers to development. One to one attention is vital in understanding the person's needs, barriers and skills. Such knowledge together with the mentor's experience provides the necessary ingredients for success. You can involve in the project either as a mentee or as a mentor. For further information or to get involved please contact LINKnet.

English classes

LINKnet conducts free of charge English lessons at beginner (not absolute beginner) and intermediate 1 & 2 levels to those who need to improve English language skills to get into the labour market or access further studies.

Teaching is done through conversational grammar a method which has yielded very good results. Classes are held in the evening once a week for about 5 months. LINKnet staff conducts these classes purely on the voluntary basis.

“Success Motivates”

A celebratory evening event to felicitate the successful service users and to pay tribute to their mentors will be held at Augustine United Church in Edinburgh on Fri 10 March from 6pm.  Celebrations will take place with the participation of 100-150 community members with food and entertainment. LINKnet welcomes all!

Please inform your intention to attend by emailing to

Sponsored by the Big Lottery Fund

Mentors wanted


Testimonial 1

Olayinka Dada:
"I came in contact with LINKnet Mentoring Ltd through a family friend. And my first day at LINKnet was really welcoming and pleasant..."

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Testimonial 2

Pepita Gomez:
"I arrived in Edinburgh in Aug 2014 with my daughter. Our English was poor. I started learning English in a class that was conducted by an association."

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Testimonial 3

Russell Dadzie:
"I was introduced to LINKnet Mentoring by a friend who had received mentoring a couple of years ago."

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Current Funders

Scottish Government

Scottish Government's Promoting Equality and Community Cohesion Fund & Scottish Government's Adult Learning and Empowering Communities Fund


European Social Fund

European Social Fund


The City of Edinburgh Councils One City Trust

The City of Edinburgh Councils One City Trust