Peer mentoring – learning from other co‑ops!
Running a co‑op can be a challenge. Even with the right group of people in place, there will always be unknown issues and challenges ahead.
As part of The Hive support, co‑ops can get the chance to meet and learn from others – co‑ops that have had similar experiences, made mistakes and learnt a lot along the way.
"Meeting other co‑ops through peer mentoring is a learning opportunity for both parties. As an experienced co‑op with a good understanding of the ins and outs of running a co‑op business, our most valuable insights, shared knowledge and encouragement has come from one‑to‑one conversations with members of co‑ops like our own." Sion Whellens, Principle Six and Calverts
More about peer mentoring
How can I apply for the peer mentoring support?
You can apply for peer mentoring support as part of a bespoke package of support which also includes one to one direct support and skills training. To find out more visit www.thehive.coop/apply
What support is available?
How does it work?
Mentoring activities are likely to be undertaken using a range of interventions:
Who are the peer mentors?
Up to three days mentoring is on offer where a group or co-operative is matched with another, more established and experienced co-operative. The content of support is agreed between the applicant and their mentor. The mentoring will likely take place in a range of ways, from face-to-face meetings (one-to-one or group), phone/video calls or email. Mentor co-operatives need to be a Co-operatives UK member – The Hive team will advise about this during the application process.
How will a peer mentor help my co‑op?
Our peer mentors will:
Our peer mentors will not:
If you have any questions, please contact us.
Is there a cost?
"Mentoring is essential to the development of a start‑up co‑op."
"Mentoring SE24 proved to be an extremely interesting and rewarding two‑way learning process."