We have extended the mentor application window to midnight on 3rd July following feedback from guardians.

We are looking for 35 volunteer Freedom to Speak Up Guardian Mentors to help facilitate reflective conversations with new Freedom to Speak Up Guardians from a diverse range of organisations.  

The Volunteer Freedom to Speak Up Guardian Mentor is a Guardian who will help a newly trained Freedom to Speak Up Guardian reflect on their experience, helping them to identify any learning and support needs through discussion and guidance as they progress in their role.   

We’ve heard that you would like to offer the benefit of your experience to new Guardian colleagues, but some had concerns that guardians have varying amounts of time available.

Listening to your feedback and to encourage participation from across the network, we want to clarify the expectations of the role and the relationship with mentees.

To help manage your time, even if you are able to mentor just one Guardian a year, we would still encourage you to apply.

There is an expectation to have – and for the Mentee to log the date of – an initial reflective conversation on their Guardian profile. The aim of the conversation is to help ensure that new Freedom to Speak Up Guardians understand what is expected of them and that they are getting, or know how to access, the support they need to perform their role effectively.

However, mentors and mentees are welcome to have an ongoing relationship if they would like.

Essential Skills and Experience:  

  • An existing Freedom to Speak Up Guardian with a minimum of 12 months’ experience  
  • Registered on the National Guardian’s Office public directory   
  • Recording and submitting quarterly data to the NGO  
  • Demonstrable experience of having reached level 3 across the Freedom to Speak Up Guardian Education and Training Guide competency matrix.   
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills  
  • Strong relationship building skills   
  • Knowledge and experience of using different IT packages  

You can view the advert and apply, click the link below:  


If you would like to apply but feel there are barriers in doing so please contact: [email protected] for a discussion. 

All successful applicants will be required to attend a Freedom to Speak Up Guardian Mentor virtual training session. This will  run on Wednesday 20th July