No this isn’t a blog about Coronavirus or taking a rest. It’s about finding solutions for impact and whether this is inherent in who we are – a social business.
Last year we picked up the last year of a schools mentoring project. This forms one tiny part of a three-year Department for Education funded social mobility project under the banner of the Norwich Opportunity Area. We’ve spoken before about short-term funding and it’s deep inefficient and wasteful flaws. This has never seemed so stark than in the arena of tackling Norwich’s entrenched low social mobility.
Every event over the last few years, whilst citing some amazing early years work, committed headteachers and signs of joined up working, has also referenced the need for interventions that become business as usual. We need interventions that are resourced not for three years, but ten or twenty. Turning the tide on poor social mobility will take generations and for today’s ten year old – we get only one chance.
Having launched Mentoring Training2 last year, we’re thrilled now to put this business to this purpose. And that’s why we exist. As a social business with social impact at our core, we have found a way of continuing the project, continuing the impact, continuing to tackle social mobility – that doesn’t rely on short-term funding and benefits everyone.
We have four mentoring training dates with Norwich and Norfolk’s small and medium size businesses in mind – you’ll be able to purchase just one or two spaces on our mentoring training, utilise the skills in your workplace and in a Norwich school too.
This is where purpose, social impact, workplace culture, values and community collide. It’s a new way of doing business and the future for a fairer place to live and work for us all.
Find out more at www.mentoringtraining2.co.uk