Northside Partnership: Invitation to join a Panel of Mentors

Northside Partnership

Invitation to join a Panel of Mentors


Northside Partnership is a Local Development Company based in the North East of Dublin, in pursuing its social purpose, Northside Partnership implements several significant programmes, funded by the Irish Government, including the Local Area Employment Service (LAES), Tús Community Work Placement Programme the Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme (SICAP) and an Area Based Childhood programme called Preparing for Life (PFL). In addition, Northside Partnership provides access to a range of Health Service Executive (HSE) activities including Healthy Food Made Easy, Social Prescribing and Smoking Cessation.

NSP also works with over 50 Local Community Groups and Social Enterprises and where needed, NSP provides technical support in the guise of Grant-writing, HR, Governance, Practice and Financial mentoring to further enable these organisations to survive and thrive.

Local Development and Social Enterprise Teams

Our Local Development and Social Enterprise Teams work with local community-based organisations and social enterprises. Supports to these groups include the following:

  • One-to-one meetings to identify areas of work where Northside Partnership can help
  • Networking opportunities and connections with relevant local, regional and national organisations
  • Mentoring in key areas, identified by local community groups and social enterprises
  • Technical support in areas such as grant-writing, planning and strategic development
  • Supports to voluntary boards or management committees in identifying skills needed, recruiting new members, succession planning and induction and training of new board/committee members
  • Research and Analysis


Self-employment offers long term unemployed people a pathway to economic independence and social inclusion in the absence of employment opportunities. Self-employment positively impacts the community by creating employment and the possibility of creating further employment for those in the community as the venture expands. The current self-employment supports offered to our participants aim to promote inclusion, by working with individuals on any challenges or skills gaps they may currently have to start their own businesses. We provide group training workshops, one-to-one support and guidance to those participants. This support continues for the first two years following the start-up of a business.

Local Area Employment Services (LAES)

NSP Local Area Employment Services (LAES) works with people experiencing unemployment with a particular focus on those experiencing long term unemployment in the Northside Partnership catchment area to help them to become job ready. As many of our participants are very distant from the labour market, LAES aim to provide necessary pre-employment training and coaching support for

participants who may have lost confidence in their abilities, lost motivation or are needing guidance about a career direction. We also offer training and support in job searching, creating CVs and interview preparation. LAES provide both group training and individual support.

This varied expertise for Local Development, Local Area Employment Services and self-employment is not always available to individuals therefore the Northside Partnership is committed to building a panel of professional specialists in these areas to support others to positively develop. We are therefore seeking applications from suitably qualified and experienced mentors.

The main areas of expertise we are seeking are as follows:

Expertise required:

  • Skills building - group training and individual coaching
  • Interview skills - group training and individual coaching
  • CV, cover letter and job application group training and individual coaching
  • Career Guidance expertise
  • Community Development and Facilitation
  • Financial Management/Cashflow
  • Taxation and Annual Returns
  • Research and Analysis, particularly creative research methodology
  • Wellbeing and Mental Health
  • Crisis Management
  • Committee and Board Development Skills
  • Governance
  • Charitable Status
  • Business Planning
  • Facilities Management / Health and Safety
  • Marketing
  • Social Media
  • Completing Funding and Grant Applications
  • Environment and Sustainable Development
  • Coaching
  • Policies and Procedures

The role

  • As a mentor, Northside Partnership would engage your expertise for a defined period of time or a number of sessions.
  • During these sessions, the mentor would work directly with Community groups, Social Enterprises and individual participants who are based in the Northside Partnership catchment area on a defined work package providing mentoring and support on one or multiple of the key skills listed.
  • As required, and agreed in principle, deliver some mentoring during the evening.

Mentors selected from our panel would work as a contractor to the Northside Partnership and will adhere to all contractual obligations through a contractor’s agreement.

Invitation to join a panel of mentors

Experienced and empathetic professionals interested in joining our panel of mentors to potentially work with and support Northside Partnership participants are invited to submit the following to Brendan Morrissey at by 31st January 2023:

  • Expression of interest, outlining your area(s) of specialisation
  • CV
  • Company Registration number
  • Tax Clearance Access Number
  • Tax Reference Number or PPS Number

Please note that, depending on the environment where work with local groups occurs, mentors may be required to undergo Garda Vetting through Northside Partnership.

General Info

Date Entered/Updated
16th Jan, 2023
Expiry Date
31st Jan, 2023