Invest Programme

Gloucestershire Community Foundation is delivering essential leadership for the charity sector in Gloucestershire. As part of this, we have launched Invest, a mentoring programme which matches charity leaders with volunteer mentors to support their decision-making.

Leaders Supporting Leaders

INVEST Leadership Programme

In partnership with The Honourable Company of Gloucestershire and The Cranfield Trust, GCF has launched INVEST Leadership Programme, a programme for charity leaders in Gloucestershire. The programme includes INVEST Mentoring Programme, INVEST Peer to Peer Programme, and INVEST Let’s Talk.

Charity leadership can be extremely rewarding. It can also feel isolating. Whether charity leaders are looking for a solution to a particular problem, or looking for more general guidance, Invest can help.

Becoming a mentor

Our volunteer mentors are CEOs and senior management from companies across the county. We match mentors with charity leaders based on skills, geography, interests and experience.

Mentoring is a hugely rewarding experience. By joining us, you will help the charity sector in Gloucestershire to grow and thrive. In turn, you will be ensuring that our communities are able to thrive and supporting the most vulnerable people in the county.

The application process is quick and simple. If you have experience in strategic leadership, people management, or business planning, we would love to hear from you. All of our mentors receive training from The Cranfield Trust, as well as access to online training materials.

Becoming a mentee

The Invest Programme can support charities addressing the needs of poverty, disability or social exclusion, based in Gloucestershire. Charities must be formally constituted non-profits with a Board of Trustees or similar, and revenue must be below £1.5 million.

To be considered, please complete our application form.

We will then begin the selection process. This will include an initial scoping meeting with Cranfield Trust to identify your specific goals and objectives. If successful, you will then be introduced to your mentor!

The Process

Once you have been carefully matched with your mentor, you will have 6 sessions of 60-90 minutes, once a month. Cranfield Trust will regularly check in to make sure everything is going brilliantly, and you will be using the Trust’s mentoring handbook as a guide. At the end of your 6 sessions, there will be a wrap-up session which will give you a chance to summarise your project and evaluate impact.


"P2P has given me confidence that others were struggling with the same things, and I was able to help people. It was refreshing to be able to "drop the facade" and be honest with each other - usually at networking events people are going on about how well they are doing!"

INVEST Peer to Peer participant

"Having a mentor has helped me to calm down and take time to reflect"

INVEST Mentor Programme participant

"I am very grateful for the opportunity of INVEST and think it's well managed. I like the fact that it's regional as I am keen to "build back better", and creating a local network allows me to connect with people I can work with later"

INVEST Mentor Programme participant

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