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Applications Open!

This is an 8-month program designed to build the confidence, skills and capacity of our members. If you are a woman, girl, feminine identifying or non-binary person with disability looking to build your leadership skills, connections, or help someone else build theirs, then this program is for you! 

The WWDA LEAD Mentoring Program will help mentees to work towards their leadership goals, build their confidence, gain exposure and broaden networks with support and guidance from their mentor.

“The biggest reason that mentors tell us they love this program is because of the great sense of reward and satisfaction they get from ‘paying it forward.’ Additionally, mentors often report improved leadership and coaching skills.”

– Brancher Mentoring Program

To ensure that we can pair people up with someone who will be the best fit for them, we’ll be asking people to apply to the program by completing an online application form. This form will ask them a number of questions about their career stage, goals, personal preferences and what they are hoping to get out of the program. Please read the Mentoring Guide to find out more about what to expect and ensure you are ready to commit before applying.

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How to apply:

  1. Check if you are eligible to apply:

All mentors and mentees must be women, girls, feminine identifying or non-binary people with disability and be Full Members of WWDA. If you are not a member of WWDA, you can sign up for free today.

  1. Click here to create an account and complete your application with Brancher, our mentoring partner.
  2. Applicants will be advised of the outcome of their application via email and the program will kick off in September.

FAQs

What is the purpose of this program?

The program is an 8-month program designed to build the leadership skills, confidence, connections and capacity of our members.

Who is Brancher?

We are excited to announce that this year we are partnering with Brancher, an evidence based mentoring platform that connects compatible mentees and mentors and provides them with support throughout their mentoring journey.

Who will I be matched with?

Brancher matches you with someone who will try understand you – and help you realise your potential.

Brancher takes into account your disability, leadership goals, skills, area/s of work and importantly – your personal preferences and attributes.  

What does the program involve?

The mentoring program is a structured 8 month program designed for women, girls, feminine identifying and non-binary people with disability. The program involves meeting a minimum of once per month with your mentee/mentor and completing five online training modules (each less than 20 minutes) over the course of the program.

What is the time commitment?

We estimate a time commitment of 2 hours per month. This includes an hour meeting with your mentoring partner (this can be done virtually) and an additional hour of ‘self-work’ including preparing for the meeting and conducting follow up actions.

Is there a cost?

No! The program is completely free for you and funded by WWDA through our WWDA LEAD program.

Why should I sign up, as a mentee?

Research shows that mentees often experience improved confidence, reduced stress and improved career outcomes.

If you are looking to challenge yourself with the help of a mentor and you can commit to the expectations of this program – sign up today.

What is the eligibility for a mentee?

Any woman, girl, feminine identifying or non binary person who has a disability, is a WWDA member and is interested in leadership can apply to be a mentor or mentee.

Why should I sign up, as a mentor?

Research shows mentors often report greater job satisfaction, improved coaching skills and a great sense of reward and satisfaction for ‘paying it forward’.

If you are looking to give back, to learn more about yourself, to improve your leadership/coaching skills and you can commit to the expectations of this program – sign up today.

What is the eligibility for a mentor?

All mentors must be women, feminine identifying or non-binary people with disability and be members of WWDA. If you are not a member of WWDA, you can sign up for free today.

We encourage any members who have experience in leadership to apply. Leadership experience can mean many things including experience:

  • on a board or committee
  • managing a team or group
  • creating a new product, service or activity
  • organising campaigns
  • running events or workshops
  • writing research or policy papers
  • talking to the media or writing articles
  • and more!

If you are having self-doubt about whether you have something to offer, trust us – you do! So please apply!

When will I find out if my application has been successful?

We will notify all applicants (whether you are successful or unsuccessful) in September 2021 and the program will then kick off.

Can I apply as both a mentee and a mentor?

Yes you can – provided you meet the eligibility criteria as outlined above. Simply fill out the form as both a mentee and mentor.

Will everyone be accepted into the program?

We encourage everyone to apply however we do have a limited number of spaces available. Depending on the number of applications we receive, there may be some people who we cannot fit into this year’s program.

How will you judge applications?

Provided you are eligible, there is no ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ when it comes to your application, we simply want to try and find you the best mentoring partner who will be a good fit for you.

Why was I not accepted into the program?

For both mentees and mentors, if you have not been accepted into the program that means that unfortunately, we did not find anyone any who would be a great fit for you and what you’re wanting to get out of the program (or give to the program).

In the meantime, there are also many other ways you can stay involved with WWDA and with WWDA LEAD.

For example. you can:

We do hope that you will continue to be involved with WWDA, in continuing our important work in helping to elevate the voices of women, girls, feminine identifying and non-binary people with disability in Australia.

Find out more:

Review our Mentoring Guide or contact WWDA LEAD Staff member:

  • Email Saphia Grant at lead@wwda.org.au
  • Call or text Saphia on 0477 076 098
  • Use the National Relay service to call us. Call 1800 555 677 and ask for 0477 076 098
  • Need a translator? Call 131 450 and ask for 0477 076 098
  • Send a letter to PO Box 407, Lenah Valley, Tasmania 7008, Australia

WWDA LEAD Activities

Find out more about the other activities you could get involved by clicking one of the below: