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Migrant Aspiration Programme (MAP)

About this project

MRN have received funding from the Joseph Rowntree Reform Trust to develop a comprehensive training programme called the Migrants Aspiration Programme (MAP). 

This programme will seek to support the development of potential migrant leaders by developing their roles as community leaders, board members, trustees and political leaders within their own communities. 

What is MAP?

The Migrant Aspiration Programme (MAP) is a fully funded online training course created for anyone who has lived experience of migration and the hostile environment. MAP is for people who are looking to lead and make a difference in their community. 

They do not need to have experience of leadership or campaigning, but they will have a willingness to commit to the programme and a passion to want to make a difference. They might already be working in an organisation doing this work or they might be a volunteer in the local community. They may also be exploring what leadership looks like for themselves and just need a little guidance to get started.

Our training programme is designed to be shaped to suit the needs of our participants. Once accepted into the programme, we will seek to understand their specific interests early-on, so that we can include relevant information to their context. The sessions will be delivered by Migrants’ Rights Network and will include specialist modules from experts on campaigning, democratic participation and lobbying, storytelling, media training and trustee development.

Participants will be supported and paired with a mentor throughout the programme, as well as a couple of follow-up sessions with their mentor after the programme finishes. We will also help to connect to other people who share the same experience and are working on similar issues.

Seeking MAP Mentors

About the role

Mentoring is a phenomenal way to share your knowledge and give guidance to those looking to build their leadership and personal skills through learning from the experiences of others. As many of the participants on our programmes are interested in advocacy and local leadership, we are particularly looking for individuals that have experience working or volunteering in migration, advocacy, and related sectors. 

Mentors will have flexibility in regards to the date/timing of the mentoring sessions, but you must be able to commit to a minimum of 6 months. We expect mentors to connect with their mentees a maximum of 3 hours/month. Mentors are required to attend 1-2 training sessions prior to being paired with a mentee. Please note that this role is voluntary.


  • To provide a safe space in which mentees can talk about a particular issue around leadership 
  • To build an effective short term relationship with a mentee
  • To liaise with your key point of contact within Migrants’ Rights Network to provide feedback on your mentorship 
  • To plan mentoring sessions with mentee in advance where the mentee brings their agenda to be discussed 
  • To listen to and help mentees to identify and address barriers to their leadership or advocacy 
  • To offer perspective, drawing on own experience of leadership 
  • To work with the mentee and to set and monitor agreed goals
  • To keep effective written records of meetings using the forms provided and undertake relevant evaluations
  • To work with the mentee for the agreed time commitment

If this sounds like something you would excel in, we would love to hear from you. We particularly welcome applications from people with a lived experience of migration and the hostile environment, people from Black and minority ethnic backgrounds, people with disabilities, and people from the LGBTQI+ community.


  • Sympathetic to the mission and values of Migrants’ Rights Network 
  • Compassionate communicator with strong active listening skills
  • Experience of holding a position of leadership 
  • Ability to commit for a minimum of 6 months, 3hr max/month
  • Ability to offer encouragement and support where appropriate 
  • Knowledge of one’s boundaries and able to set limits with others 
  • Ability to identify others’ strengths and identify ways for others’ to be encouraged to use their strengths 
  • Ability to provide constructive feedback 
  • Ability to identify and set goals 
  • Knowledge and experience of how to network and build contacts 
  • Ability to build supportive relationships 
  • Ability to respect different cultural or religious values and work in a non-discriminatory manner 


  • Lived experience of migration and the hostile environment 
  • Experience working in migration and related sectors
  • Experience of working in advocacy and campaigning 

To apply

Please submit your CV and cover letter to: [email protected]. We will be accepting applications on a rolling basis