Inspire Mentoring

INSPIRE Mentoring, a unique digital social innovation, by Innovate Communities in partnership with LinkedIn Ireland. It is a formal online mentoring programme that addresses a gap, that young, marginalised people lack social capital e.g., a professional role model in their network. Using a digital platform, we support young people aged 18-25 from socio disadvantaged communities make that challenging transition from education to employment.





Type of organisation:

NGO/ community-based organisation/ charity


  • Young people / youth work
  • Volunteering
  • Social inclusion
  • Policy and advocacy
  • Human Rights
  • Environment
  • Education and training
  • Active citizenship


  • Development of education and training materials and programmes
  • Digitalization
  • European learning networks and exchanges
  • Community outreach and engagement
  • Research
  • Technological innovation
  • Policy, advocacy and campaigns

EU Project Experience

Some experience

FUTURE – From Urban To hUman REgeneration, Erasmus+

Future addresses the skills gap in development university students abilities to build capacity in human centred system design. The Solution: Co-creation of a training and immersion programme that builds the capacity of these actors through upskilling them in engaging and innovative practices on citizen and human centred system design (from urban to human!), facilitating them in connecting with local communities to co-produce integrated projects on urban issues, leaving a plan and community champions to continue the implementation of same FUTURE – From Urban To hUman REgeneration

Bridge To Work, ESF

A programme that worked with vulnerable women. The programme supported them to secure employment using various tools and 1:2:1 support. Securing employers support and engagement to provide work experience opportunities for the women for them to learn and understand the work environment.

EU Funding Goals

Inspire mentoring is a proven model.

We want to work with and partner with organisations in the EU that work with a similar age group 18-25 and apply our learnings to date in launching Inspire Mentoring within their communities.

A longer term approach is adapting the model and offer it to other groups such as people with Disabilities, Mature Learners, Migrant Communities.


We are experts in best practice mentoring, working with private sector companies, attracting and retaining volunteers


Contact Name:

Elaine McGauran

Job Title:

Programme Manager

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