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RACHP industry mentoring scheme celebrates National Mentoring Day

National Mentoring Day was launched to recognise the significant benefits of mentoring across the UK and takes place on October 27th each year.

The RACHP industry mentoring scheme – Thermentor.org - piloted earlier this year is starting a fresh matching period to coincide National Mentoring Day.  Applications are being accepted to act as mentor or to be a mentee between now and the end of the year, with the next mentoring cycle starting in January 2017.

Founded by Steve Gill as part of the Sustain Ability Project, the mentoring scheme was greeted enthusiastically by the industry and has now successfully completed two mentoring cycles as part of the initial pilot.

Mr Gill said: “We have run two pilot cycles so far of twelve weeks duration each.  This has involved three mentors and eleven mentees.  It has been a learning curve for all of us, and we are still learning and improving the programme.  We are now confident enough to expand the scope to include some overseas participation and also greatly increase the number of mentors/mentees. At the moment we have interest from ten potential new mentors.”

The scheme is not linked to any one industry organisation or body, and has been started by volunteers who see the potential that the benefits that mentoring can bring. 

Mr Gill added: “These are people from the industry who want to make a difference by helping others within the industry who are earlier in their careers. It is volunteers wanting to ‘put something back in. In truth, all involved have also found it a rewarding experience.”

Many observers of the RACHP industry have been concerned by the apparent aging demographics of industry members. This has coincided with changing work patterns which means that many people now work for smaller organisations or even as sole traders.  These trends combine to restrict knowledge transfer in the traditional work-place colleague to colleague manner. Coupled with the possibilities to connect with people outside the work place by the growth of social media this creates the perfect ingredients for an industry wide e-mentoring scheme, which Thermentor .org is.

A new website will be online soon, but in the meantime, anyone wanting to learn more about the scheme or to register an interest to join the matching process should contact Steve Gill by email at steve@sustain-ability.network

28 October 2016


Mike Walker
01 March 2017 16:12:05

This is great. I've sent my details through to Steve. Young people starting out in this industry can only benefit from this. What a marvellous initiative.

Steve Gill
01 March 2017 10:10:44

Thank you for all the messages of support. The mentoring scheme is proving to be a huge success and immensely popular with demand for mentors currently outstripping the number that we have. But we are aiming to have more mentors ready soon. The website is taking a little longer than expected simply because we are all too busy mentoring first and doing teh support admin second. The scheme is run entirely by volunteers with no funding.  But again, we hope to have the website in place very soon

In reply to Steve Macey , I am sorry that we haven't seen a message from you. The email address shown in the news item is correct. Please try sending the message again.

Thank you again for all your kind words and offers to get involved.


Steve Macey
28 February 2017 06:35:55

I used the email address shown at the end of the article but haven't received a reply. Are there ny other contact details as I would like to take a part in this scheme.

John Bennett
24 February 2017 09:47:49

I missed it this time around but I am now registered to be a mentor on the next cycle. Looking forward to it

Ray Barnes
24 February 2017 07:45:10

What a brilliant initiative.  We are an ageing industry that to quickly transfer that knowledge to younger people. At the same time to encourage younger people to stay in in our industry. I would really like to get involved in this as a mentor. I have contacted Steve. I urge others to do the same and to support this

17 February 2017 08:21:44

What a  brilliant Idea! Another great initiative but why is it not receiving wide spread recognition or support?  Where can I find more details? I have searched for a Website but can't find one

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