Mentor Brief

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Church of St. Laurence, Measham

Parochial Church Council of St. Laurence’s, Measham

Project Mentor sought


St Laurence’s is a medium-sized church dating from the C13 and forms a focal point for the village of Measham in North-West Leicestershire. Measham is a large village with the character almost of a small town and, despite its rural setting, has a rich industrial heritage lying within former coal mining areas.

A grant has been awarded by Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for the restoration of the stonework around the windows on the south side of the building in line with the most recent Quinquennial Report. The project also aims to secure the stonework of the architecturally interesting entrance porch, to make parts of the building more accessible to wheelchair users and to open up an existing storage vestry into a ‘welcome area’. In addition to securing the future of the physical heritage of the church, it is also planned to open up the stories behind some of the features of the church, notably the stained glass, for the local community and visitors.

The HLF has offered grant aid under the new “Grants for Places of Worship” scheme. The grant scheme is two stage: an initial grant has been offered to allow the detail of the project to be developed – this ‘project development’ phase must be completed by the end of December 2017. A second grant has been agreed in principle to allow the main restoration and activity phase of the project to be implemented as a second phase.

The client body and grant recipient is the Parochial Church Council of St. Laurence Church, Measham (the PCC).

Project Aims

             The overall aims of the project are:

•           To restore the fabric of the Grade II* church including repairs to window stonework and associated glazing repairs, and repair to the stonework of the south porch.

•           To improve access for people with disabilities and provide welcome facilities to encourage greater use and enjoyment of the church building which is an important focus of the community.

•           To produce interpretation and conservation opportunities related to the history of the church with emphasis on the main stained-glass windows.

•           To develop opportunities for education and engagement with the public to promote interest in heritage in general and the history of the church and features of special interest.

•           To produce improved interpretation including education packs for schoolchildren and a new guidebook.

             To upgrade the church’s website ( to enhance the visitor experience and reach a wider readership.


The development grant includes financial provision for the employment of a Mentor. This role will commence as soon as the PCC appoints the successful candidate in the spring of 2017.

Generally the constructional aspects of the project will be led by the appointed project architect Peter Rogan.

The role of the Mentor is to support the PCC (in practice the project management group) in the development of the aspects of the project relevant to the promotion of the heritage of the site including developing potential, researching opportunities and co-ordinating volunteer efforts to arrive at realistic proposals for the second phase of the project including a strategy and proposals for interpretive materials and presentation.  A key aspect of the project development will be to develop the Activity Statement – this is a document that has to be submitted to the HLF (an example of a statement can be seen in HLF guidance booklet “Grants for Places of Worship, England” – available to download from the HLF website: ).

The role of the Mentor is not primarily to undertake work on behalf of the PCC, rather to support the management group in meeting the approved purposes of the HLF grant and help in the co-ordination of volunteers and in consultation and development of appropriate heritage activities.

The mentor will be required to support the PCC in relation to:

  • Giving guidance in respect of producing an Activity Statement and timetable;
  • Guide the team with the project management and timetabling of tasks;
  • Help identify weaknesses and risks in proposals, documentation or project direction;
  • Highlight opportunities for engagement with other partners, volunteers, sources of project support etc.;
  • Assist in co-ordinating the efforts of volunteers and in setting up consultation and other relevant events;
  • Provide guidance, expertise and encouragement when needed;
  • Meet with the project management group leaders on a periodic basis to ensure that tasks are achieved within the stated timescales.

Following the Stage 1 project submission it is anticipated that the Mentor will be re-employed in Stage 2 (the Delivery Phase) to assist and advise in the implementation of heritage and educational strategies devised during the Development Phase. However, this will be subject to the confirmation by the Heritage Lottery Fund of a Stage 2 grant. There will therefore be a break-clause in any contract offered at the completion of Stage 1 in December 2017.

There is a fixed sum of £2400 to pay for the Mentor role during the Stage 1 project Development Phase and a further sum budgeted of £1800 in the Stage 2 Delivery phase. This sum is to cover the employment cost of the Mentor including any taxes, VAT or costs of commuting/travel. It does not include other out-of-pocket or printing expenses that might reasonably be incurred. Working hours will need to be flexible to fit the needs and progress of the project.

The Mentor will need to be self employed or work through a provider company/organisation as the client body is unable to directly employ staff.

The PCC are looking for particular skills in relation to education – both adult and children's – and museum work.

Further Information

To discuss any aspect of this position or to arrange a site visit, please contact Brian Abraham, PCC member and Churchwarden, by email to or by telephone on 01530 271149


To apply for the role, please write to Brian Abraham by email to by the 6th April 2017.

Please include the following information with your application:

•           Your qualifications, background or experience that makes you suited to the role of Mentor;

•           Details of any directly relevant experience you may have had of HLF funded projects, working with church groups and/or working with volunteers in developing heritage materials;

•           Details of your proposed hourly rate, to be inclusive of travelling expenses, and the number of working hours that you could offer for the fixed sum of £2000 and £1500 (plus VAT if required). Outline how you could apportion, programme and plan your time to fit the needs of our project.

•           If possible, contact details for a reference from other bodies/groups that you may have previously supported.









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