Hiya. I've heard from Mentors in Perth that they have some frustration trying to find a Dojo. They have to click on each individual Dojo to read the listing in order to see if the Dojo is looking for Mentors, and what time they run. Is there a way of introducing search filters like "Looking for Mentors" and time-slots to help make it easier for Mentors to find Dojos?
@Karen-Wellington That's a really great idea Karen. Thanks for suggesting it, really useful to get feedback from the community so we can make the platform better for volunteers.
Our dev team ( @Daniel-Brierton & @Guillaume-Feliciano) will look into how feasible it is and a timeline.
There was somethig about the other way around (when Mentors are exposing themselves) as discussion started here : https://github.com/CoderDojo/community-platform/issues/860
I added the information to our github issue regarding redesign of the landing page (https://github.com/CoderDojo/community-platform/issues/897) but don't expect something soon enough, we're already late on our provisional planning
Do people think making Dojos looking for mentors searchable would be better than making mentors who are available for volunteering viewable?
Or have you any other ideas?
@Christian-Vermeulen @Karen-Wellington @Barry-Kennedy @Zita-Daniel-Nad @Ruth-Willenborg
@Nuala-Nic-Éil From my conversations with Champions and Mentors, it seems that there are similar patterns of behaviour to job applications: where the Dojo is seeking volunteers, and putting out an advertisement, and then Mentors apply for Dojos. In most cases we seem to see Mentors approaching Dojos.
@Karen-Wellington But also having mentors available for volunteering viewable would be a great idea too!
@Karen-Wellington Yea I feel having Dojos looking for mentors searchable would be really helpful too
@Rosa-Langhammer what are your thoughts on this as an alternative to making volunteers searchable?
Hi @Karen-Wellington we often see that most Dojos are looking for mentors as this is one of the most common reasons for Dojos shutting down - all Dojos can tick the 'need mentors' box and we find that alot do. Good to know this feedback though.
On the searching by day and time - this is absolutely something that we have looked at doing before. See the issue here > https://github.com/CoderDojo/community-platform/issues/897. We have a mockup in there of a new design for the Zen landing page in my most recent comments. This would be an ideal but we would probably have a few technical things to implement before this and Dojos would have to make sure their listing is up to date with time and date info frequently.
Let me know any other information that could help us here
@Karen-Wellington Hi Karen, I think this is a superb suggestion. In the larger cities, that have multiple groups it would definitely give potential mentors more scope for planning on taking the step. Also, in rural area,s, it could be used for setting up a time slot that does not coincide with a neighbouring group. And many more benefits I would imagine.
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