Volunteering with Project Partners: HERA

In 2021, we are supporting HERA to deliver their UK Business Training and Mentoring Programme for survivors of modern slavery. Find out how you can get involved and support this incredible project through a variety of different volunteering opportunities below.

Once you’ve had a look at the opportunities, register your interest here to express your interest!


In just over two month’s HERA will welcome a new cohort of women survivors to become students of the Programme. Students join the programme for a minimum of 1 year, starting with a 3-week training course. This course provides students with the knowledge and techniques on how to start a business; business knowledge in finance and marketing; personal development skills in presentation, communication and budgeting, to name a few.

The HERA Summer Programme not only helped me gain valuable skills but also believe in myself as a leader – former 2018 student

The Business Training and Mentoring Programme provides a wonderful opportunity for the TRIBE community to get involved in one of our key projects, directly impacting women survivors. There are a range of ways to get involved:

Become a HERA Mentor

Use your skills and knowledge to volunteer as a mentor and directly work with and impact the lives of a HERA student. All students receive a personal mentor who walks alongside them for 12 months and works with them to move forward in their career and achieve their goals.

Mentors receive full training from HERA, which is endorsed by the ACCPH. Training covers principles of mentoring, coaching techniques, advanced communication skills and working with survivors of modern slavery and exploitation.

This opportunity is ideal for someone with some experience in mentoring, coaching or people management and is looking to develop their own skills whilst directly supporting a women survivor. This is a longer-term commitment of 12 months with a minimum 1 session per month with your student.

Become a HERA Group Facilitator

During the three-week training course in the summer, students are put into groups to work towards developing a business idea they will pitch at the end of the training to a panel of experts in a “Dragon Den” style format. Students will apply the knowledge they learn from the teaching sessions into developing their idea during incubator sessions.

To support these group sessions we are looking for volunteer Group Facilitators who will be able to join at least 2 of the group sessions. Group Facilitators are there to aid group conversation, provide guidance as the group develops their ideas and offer advice where appropriate.

This opportunity is ideal for anyone interested in giving a morning or afternoon once or twice a week for the duration of the summer training.

Become a HERA Speaker

It is our mission to work with academic and business professionals to ensure that the students of HERA gain up-to-date and relevant knowledge on all aspects taught during the Business Training programme.

As a volunteer speaker, you are sharing your lived experience and knowledge with women survivors. Speaking on topics from presentation skills to sources of finance to working in the UK and business culture, our speakers are at the heart of the high-quality learning and training we provide.

There are two opportunities to speak at HERA, firstly at the Business Training Programme this summer. Secondly, at one of our monthly workshops. These workshops are available to students and our alumni network of over 330 women. Workshops cover a range of topics including, but not limited to, meet an entrepreneur, quiz a business professional, CV and cover letter clinics, preparing for work, idea generation and utilising social media.

This opportunity suits anyone interested in a one-off volunteering role, where you can teach in an area you specialise in and are passionate about. HERA loves new ideas and welcomes suggestions from interested speakers for new workshop topics.

Keen to get involved? Register your interest here to find out more.

Thank you very much, from TRIBE, Team HERA & the future 2021 HERA students!

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