In the other program, more semi-rural, I had three articles, together with photos in the local community newspapers and thought I might receive about 10 responses from that. I received 2!! However, I persevered with word of mouth and the School Coordinator where we are wanting to run the program also did some sterling work. Now we have 8 mentors confirmed for that program, though would like to have 15. In that area I decided to experiment and delivered a flyer and poster to the only Retirement Village in the area, two churches, two health and fitness centres, placed notices on the two library boards, one at a local Golf club, another at a Retired Services Club – I have not had one response from those efforts to date and will check next week to see if they are still being advertised.
It is important to persevere, that I keep learning and to continue to explore possibilities, other people’s networks etc. There are a lot of small businesses in our area and so it’s difficult for employers to get away for any period of time during the day.
My one problem is that I am only supposed to be spending about 25% of my time on this program, which means I battle to have the time to visit more folk. That will change as the program expands, I am sure. A most interesting experience, nevertheless.
This morning I tried tapping into the University of the Third Age (3Age), as here are the semi-retired and retired folk. Still awaiting a reply, but this could be another useful source of mentors ………. 🙂