Elaine volunteers as a business mentor for The Prince’s Trust Enterprise programme though Prince’s Trust Online, a new service that enables young people across the UK to access online support to start their own business or find a job. 

Elaine said: “Giving something back to others, especially young people, was one of my goals for New Year a while back and I've kept it going. By being a mentor, I feel like I’m really making a difference to the lives of my mentee, and find it really satisfying to see them develop and take steps towards realising their business plans.”


As an e-mentor, Elaine supports young people who are enrolled on The Prince’s Trust Enterprise programme through Prince’s Trust Online, a learning platform that enables young people across the UK to access online support to start their own business or develop the skills they need for work. 


Elaine said:


By being a mentor, I feel like I’m really making a difference to the lives of my mentees, and find it really satisfying to see them develop and take steps towards realising their business plans.

Elaine fits volunteering around running her home and her own business, committing up to a couple of hours per week to help young people to develop the confidence and skills they need to explore and realise their business ideas.


Elaine said: “In reality, it’s really easy, even when running my own home and business, because I can coach and mentor young people remotely through the Prince’s Trust Online platform at a time and place that works for me. Having this flexibility has been the key to making volunteering a commitment I can continue to stick to.”