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Migrants’ Aspiration Programme (MAP)

Supporting people with lived experience of migration to lead in their own communities

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We have received funding from the Joseph Rowntree Reform Trust to develop an online leadership and training programme: the Migrants’ Aspiration Programme (MAP). The programme will seek to support our participants’ development as community leaders, board members, trustees and political leaders within their own communities.

Applications for programme participants have now closed. But we are now seeking MAP mentors. If you are interested in the mentor role, please read the information on the later part of this page.

What is MAP?

The Migrants’ Aspiration Programme (MAP) is a FREE four-month online training course created for anyone who has lived experience of migration. MAP is for people who are looking to lead and make a difference in their community. 

The sessions will include specialist modules from experts on campaigning, democratic participation and lobbying, storytelling, media training and trustee development.

Participants will be supported by a mentor throughout the duration of the programme, and will also be invited to attend a couple of follow-up sessions with their mentor after the programme finishes. Mentoring sessions may be delivered in groups rather than on a one-to-one basis. We will also help you to connect with other people who share the same experiences and are working on similar issues to the ones you care about.

As part of the programme, there may also be opportunities for participants to volunteer or work with migrant and refugee organisations.

Programme Schedule

MAP is a four-month programme, and will take place from April to July 2022.

Sessions will be held twice a month, between 9am-5pm on weekdays.

Seeking MAP Mentors

About the role

Mentoring is a phenomenal way to share your knowledge and impart guidance to those looking to build their leadership skills. Since many of our participants are interested in advocacy and local leadership, we are particularly looking for mentors that have experience working or volunteering in migration, advocacy, and related sectors.

There will be some flexibility with regards to the date/timing of the mentoring sessions, but you must be able to commit to supporting your mentee over a period of five months. We expect mentors to connect with their mentees approximately three hours per month. Mentors are required to attend some training sessions prior to being paired with a mentee. It is expected that the mentor will be assigned several mentees during the programme. Please note that this role is voluntary.


  • To provide a safe space in which mentees can openly discuss their experiences and any training-related issues they are facing.
  • To build an effective short-term relationship with a mentee over a five month period.
  • To liaise with your key point of contact within Migrants’ Rights Network so as to provide feedback on your mentees’ progression.
  • To plan mentoring sessions with your mentees in advance.
  • To listen to your mentees, and help them identify and address barriers to effective leadership or advocacy.
  • To offer perspective, drawing on your own experience of leadership.
  • To work with your mentees to set and monitor agreed goals.
  • To keep effective written records of meetings using the forms provided, and undertake relevant evaluations.

We particularly welcome applications from people with a lived experience of migration, 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 in holding a position of leadership.
  • Ability to commit three hours per month over a period of five months.
  • Ability to offer encouragement and support. 
  • Knowledge of one’s own boundaries and an ability to set boundaries as appropriate. 
  • Ability to identify strengths and potential, and encourage others to utilise their strengths and reach their potential.
  • Ability to provide constructive feedback. 
  • Ability to identify and set goals.
  • Knowledge and experience of how to network and build community. 
  • Ability to build supportive relationships.
  • Ability to respect different cultural or religious values and work in a non-discriminatory manner.


  • Lived experience of migration.
  • Experience of working in migration and related sectors.
  • Experience of working in advocacy and campaigning.

To apply

Please complete the application form and send it with your CV to Yuka Matsushima at [email protected] 

Application deadline: 17 March 2022.