Blog - Learning & Development

Volunteer mentoring benefits all round

Published: 17th Aug 2017 by Debbie Griffiths

I can’t believe it’s been three years since we first applied for Aston University’s Professional Mentoring Scheme. How time flies when you’re having fun. And how different each mentoring relationship can be. At first, I was more nervous than Mark about mentoring. He had way more experience than me of one-to-one coaching, whereas ... read more

Ideal Worldsmiths comes of age

Published: 30th Sep 2016 by Mark Griffiths

Linked In reminded me that Ideal Worldsmiths has just passed 12 years old. Many thanks to Ben, Patrick, Lore, Adam, Arvid, Julie, James, Andy, Ivan, Kent and Paul for bringing it to our attention. 12 years feels like a cycle of life. Physically, mentally, I, we, are not what we were back then. Hairier, fuller, wiser by half. Given how many times Debbie ... read more


Published: 9th Aug 2016 by Mark Griffiths

Last Friday, I was sitting expectantly in the stalls at the Royal Shakespeare Company's (RSC) Swan Theatre, awaiting the beginning of Ben Jonson’s The Alchemist. Suddenly, appearing before me, was the RSC Head of Front of House, confirming my name and publicly recognising my 100th trip to the theatre with a programme and drink on the house. Thank ... read more

Making a better impression - as easy as 123

Published: 23rd Mar 2016 by Debbie Griffiths

My inbox has been awash today with unsolicited emails, offering me everything from franking machines and photocopiers to debt collection and vehicle tracking services. They’ve all been sent to an old email address I used the other day, so I must have somehow triggered a database. The bad news for these companies is that I’ve unsubscribed from ... read more

Shared value volunteering

Published: 2nd Nov 2015 by Debbie Griffiths

After a rigorous application and assessment process, Mark and I have been accepted as mentors on Aston University’s Professional Mentoring Scheme. We’ve just met our mentees and the unit’s careful matchmaking criteria seems to have worked wonders. It was great fun (and a relief) to find I had lots in common with my mentee. We ... read more

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