Staffordshire Commissioners Office

Staffordshire Commissioner’s Office recognises the importance of coaching and mentoring to support learning and development. A coach will help you through raising awareness; looking at different perspectives to enable you to think things through in ways you couldn’t do on your own and a mentor does this through sharing their experience and expertise.  Working with a coach or mentor can make a profound impact on confidence and is proven to help enhance performance and the speed at which it is achieved.  

Staffordshire Commissioner’s Office is part of the West Midlands Coaching and Mentoring Pool. The West Midlands Coaching and Mentoring Pool offers a fantastic opportunity for employees to receive free high-quality coaching from fully qualified and accredited performance coaches, or mentoring from experienced individuals who have knowledge and expertise to share.  

Coaching involves working 1 to 1 with someone from the pool who can support if you want to: 

  • make a change, no matter how big or small 
  • think through decisions or re-imagine the future 
  • constructively review and enhance your approach and working style 
  • improve working relationships 
  • develop your resilience 
  • if you are new to your role, or recently promoted 
  • seeking to lead / manage in a more effective way 
  • increase personal performance or the performance of others 

Mentoring from the pool involves working 1 to 1 with someone who has skills or experience you want to develop yourself in, such as gaining; 

  • practical advice or to deepen your technical knowledge 
  • understanding of how a service area or organisation works 
  • knowledge about how to work strategically or politically to get the job done 
  • a way to develop your networks 
  • seeking to lead / manage in a more effective way 
  • increase personal performance or the performance of others 

Accessing trained and accredited coaches and mentors from the range of organisations represented within the West Midlands Pool offers a unique opportunity to focus on specific issues within a professional and confidential setting with someone from an external environment.  It enables reflection, promotes understanding and brings forward fresh insights to reach the desired outcomes. 

To access a coach or mentor:

You will need to discuss with your line manager first of all to see if coaching and mentoring will benefit you.  

If coaching or mentoring is agreed to be a suitable development option for you, please register as a coachee or mentee on the online matching site. After registering you will have the opportunity to view all of the available coaches and mentors and search for someone to work with.  

If it would help to discuss your requirements, or just to understand a little bit more about the Pool or coaching / mentoring more generally then please contact Katharine.ross@staffordshire-pfcc.gov.uk 

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