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Get Involved

For 10 years MCR Pathways has been working in secondary schools in Glasgow helping young people – disadvantaged through no fault of their own – to find, grow and use their talents and skills.

Volunteer mentors listen to and encourage their young person. That one-to-one relationship is vital. As well as the support of volunteer mentors, we rely on committed, inspiring partners to support our young people. To offer further opportunities that will unlock the massive potential of young people and will develop every aspect of their young lives.

Our Partners include organisations with less than 20 staff, national corporations, right up to Glasgow City Council and its ALEOs.

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Become a Mentor

MCR Pathways is a Scottish charity which is helping secure a brighter future for the young people of our country who have suffered disadvantage through no fault of their own.

At MCR we recruit and train volunteer mentors to meet a care experienced young person for one hour a week. You’ll meet your young person, in their own school, for a minimum of a year.

Mentors:

  • Build a relationship, improving the self-esteem of their young person
  • Help our young people discover their own passion for learning & achieving
  • In doing this, allow our young people to overcome the challenges thrown at them

Education is key to unlocking our young people’s potential. Volunteer Mentors are supported every step of the way as you guide your young person onto a positive pathway.

Your consistent encouragement and support is what keeps young people engaged with school. Mentoring radically improves:

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Educational Attainment – the results our young people achieve in school
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Return To School Rates – our young people return to school after 4th year
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Positive Pathways – our young people reach a positive destination when leaving school

MCR, thanks to our volunteer Mentors and Partners, is transforming the opportunities afforded to Scotland’s most vulnerable young people. Helping them release and explore their potential. Boosting their life prospects. We guarantee our young people the increased support they both require and utterly deserve.

2017’s stats from the first 10 schools MCR’s Young Glasgow Talent programme was delivered in, show the real-life difference MCR makes. MCR Young People’s results are in green:

The relationship between a mentor and young person is a phenomenal one. You’ll enjoy a life-changing experience just as much as your young person, as you guide, support and encourage them to a positive path.

You’ll have the opportunity to develop your own skills and expertise while you support your young person. Some of the organisations that support MCR, including the University of Strathclyde and Glasgow City Council, see mentoring not just as an opportunity to give back to their communities and deliver on corporate parenting responsibilities, but as a chance to offer staff an amazing opportunity as well.

Many mentors have said they were surprised at how the training and their mentoring experience, has developed their empathy, self awareness and their ability to build positive and influential relationships. All of our mentors say it has improved morale and given them an enormous sense of well-being and the feeling of making a tangible contribution.

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Ready to become part of an incredible community of volunteers who make THE difference? Are you ready to meet an utterly inspiring, talented young person? MCR will be with you all the way as you begin your life-changing journey.

The first step of your life-changing journey is to Register. Completing this form will take 10-15 minutes. The information you provide allows us to best match each mentor with each of our young people. Matches are determined on both mentor and mentee interests, aspirations and achievements.

Following registration, you’ll be invited to an Information Session. The MCR Pathways Central Team will take you through the programme in more detail and you’ll meet other fantastic volunteers that are ready to change young lives!

After this you’ll take part in a 1:1 Interview. This will help us understand more about you and why you’re keen to support the programme. It’s the perfect time for you to talk about your own life, education and work. Building on the information you provided when registering, this will help us make an inspired match between our mentors and young people.

There’s then a Training Session. The group exercises explore perceptions of people and team building. Our child protection training is as much about keeping you protected as well as your mentee!

On receipt of your approved PVG, the registration and training process will be complete.

We have a Pathways Coordinator in each of our schools who will always be there for you. They already have brilliant relationships with all of the YGT young people in their school and they’re who will select you as the perfect match for their young person!

They’ll be there as you meet your young person for the first time and they’re available any time you or your young person has any questions.

Ongoing MCR training will be available, to ensure the most effective and efficient use of fantastic resources such as My World of Work and Focus Point. These tools will enhance knowledge of the wealth of pathways available to our young people so that they can achieve their very best future outcomes. And you are the perfect person to explore these opportunities with them!

Our online mentor community will continue to share experiences, learning and knowledge throughout the year. There to support all of our mentors, along with the full MCR team!

Our Young Glasgow Talent programme is currently delivered across 15 Glasgow secondaries. From January 2018, all 30 schools in the city will be supported by MCR’s programme.

MCR has a national ambition with commitments now in place to open up in other local authority areas.

At your interview, we’ll ask which school you live or work close to. So that you can fit your hour of mentoring in easily each week.

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Thank you so much for your support! Together, we will change the life chances of so many disadvantaged young Glaswegians.

Sign Up!

Click on the Sign Up button above to complete our mentor registration form. It usually takes 10-15 minutes to do. We’ll use this information to learn more about you. This will help us match a young person perfectly with your life experience, education and work. Every personality will provide phenomenal benefit to a very deserving young person.

After you’ve registered, as outlined in The Process page, we’ll be in touch with various dates you can select from to join us for an Information Session.

Thank you so much again for your support. We can’t wait to welcome you to our phenomenal mentor community!

Would you like to discuss mentoring further with a member of the MCR Pathways team? Call our office on 0141 287 9681.

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Partners

Partners mentoring
Mentoring – Organisations encourage and support staff to spend one hour a week mentoring. Two lives are changed when one person mentors. Staff will develop their skills, expertise, management and leadership skills.
Partners Talent tasters
Talent Tasters – Organisations open their doors. Allowing our young people to explore inspiring businesses and aspirational roles. Each 2-3 hour Taster offers engaging, hands on experiences for our young people.
Partners other support
Other Support – Organisations help in any way they can. Some bring their educational expertise, others their design and branding know-how, and some partners offer their funding knowledge to support MCR’s programme.

Mentors are supported by the MCR team to guide their young person onto a positive pathway. Being a mentoring organisation is not just about giving back to Scotland’s most disadvantaged. You and your colleagues will also have the opportunity to develop your own skills and expertise. A significant majority of the skills used in mentoring are those developed in leadership and management training. This is why Glasgow City Council and the University of Strathclyde Business School have committed to support 10% and 20%, respectively, of their staff to mentor.

Empathising with the challenges facing a young person and positively influencing them to focus on discovering their talents and guiding them to achieve via their education is a hugely rewarding experience. It will also greatly enhance and build leadership skills. Many mentors have said they were surprised at how the training and their mentoring experience has developed their empathy, self awareness and their ability to build positive and influential relationships. All of our mentors say it has improved morale and given them an enormous sense of well-being and the feeling of making a tangible contribution.

MCR Pathways will support your organisation to help care experienced and disadvantaged young people find their aspirations, make these connections and realise their fullest potential. You will join an increasing number of Scotland’s most influential organisations – all committed to helping disadvantaged young people to be determined by their talents and potential and not their postcode or circumstances.

All it takes is one hour a week. In total it’s just 5 days a year as our mentors don’t meet during the school holidays.

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You have something amazing to offer an extraordinary group of young people: Your experience, your skill and your enthusiasm for your job. By becoming a Talent Taster partner, you can change a life and help a young person find, grow and use their talent!

Talent Tasters are a chance to try out a job in manageable, bite-sized chunks – the average taster is just two to three hours long. They are designed to engage and inspire the younger generation with hands on learning experiences. They’re more sustainable and impactful than traditional work experience both for the young people and for the organisations delivering.

Talent Tasters give young people the chance to try out different jobs, cultural experiences, college and university. We offer Tasters for entry level and jobs which require experience – all designed to inspire the young people and raise their aspirations for a brighter future.

Our young people are offered the chance to choose two of these sessions as part of our ground-breaking mentoring and wraparound support programme. All designed to help young people find, grow and use their talent.

We’ll work shoulder-to-shoulder with your business to help design, develop and deliver the best Talent Taster sessions. We’re already have almost 50 committed organisations, with 5 to 5,000 employees, across multiple sectors, with tasters for over 200 different jobs.

After delivering more than one hundred tasters covering 16 distinct industries over the course of a year, we know that Talent Tasters really work. There are so many stories, so many sparks of future careers being created. Simply, many more life chances and radically better futures.

One young man found a talent for joinery and carpentry after a three hour Talent Taster at City Building. His attendance at school dramatically improved and he’s now working towards gaining the qualifications he needs to get an apprenticeship. One young woman attended our Paramedic Talent Taster at the Ambulance Academy. She found she had what it takes to be a great paramedic and she’s working towards getting the grades she needs to apply for the Academy. One young person was so inspired by an Automotive Mechanic talent taster that he organised another visit to a garage with his mentor. He is now attending college an afternoon a week studying mechanics.

The Talent Taster you deliver could be a life changing experience for our young people. The moment they realise ‘I could do this!’

Becoming a Talent Taster partner will give you and your company:

  • Highly effective training opportunities and personal development for staff
  • Improved staff morale and motivation
  • Priceless insight into your future customers and workforce
  • Vital evidence for accreditation, CSR and business awards
  • Team Building & fun
  • Source of future talent
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Here’s the process from end to end:
1. If you know you want to be a Talent Taster partner, sign up HERE or call us on 0141 287 9681 or email: TTTeam@mcrpathways.org
2. We’ll then call or email to arrange a first meeting. We’ll fully explain what a Talent Taster is and discuss which roles in your company we could focus on. A short role profile for those jobs will be created by someone who is doing the job, with our help, if required.
3. We’ll look at aspects of the job which could be demonstrated in a fun, ‘hands-on’ way pitched at 14 -16 year olds. We’ve got a lot of insight into what engages a young person.
4. We can advise you as you structure your event from start to finish.
5. The Talent Taster Team will manage the administration around the events.
There is a lot of organisation involved in bringing young people into the workplace, but that’s our area of expertise. We will request a copy of your Public Liability Insurance documents. We can’t hold a Talent Taster at your workplace without it.
6. We’ll also ask you to complete a risk assessment before the event.
7. We’ll work with you to agree dates for the Talent Tasters and encourage our
young people to sign up based on their known skills and interests.
8. We’ll arrange to bring the young people to your workplace. At least two members of our Team will be there on the day to help out and we’ll make sure the young people are returned to school / home.
10. We’ll co-ordinate and collate all feedback and share the appropriate elements with you. This feedback will be used to review and improve future tasters. It will also inform the kind of tasters we try to organise in the future.

The experiences inspire, the numbers speak for themselves. 64% of MCR’s young people stayed on at school beyond 4th year in contrast to just 27% of Scotland’s care experienced youngsters. 88% of our young people achieved five or more subjects at Level 4 or better compared to 57% nationally. Critically 81% of our young people secured a positive post-school destination (college, university or employment), compared to 48.8% when we started. Help us reach more young people to transform their education outcomes, career choices and life chances.

• Admin & secretarial
• Beauty & hairdressing
• Care services
• Charities
• Construction and trades
• Creative industries
• Customer service
• Engineering
• Food and drink
• IT and technology
• Lawyers and accountants
• Medical and dental
• Public services
• Retail and sales
• Sports and fitness
• Travel and tourism
When you do spark the imagination of one of the young people at your event, we’ll work closely with them to fan it into a fire. We can arrange further, more tailored visits. If the idea sticks, we’ll then support that young person to make the right choices at school and move on to university, college or training leading towards that Role.

Thank you so much for your support! Together, we will change the life chances of so many disadvantaged young Scots.

If your organisation can support staff to mentor, if you can offer a 2-3 hour Talent Taster for our young people to explore industries and careers, or, if you can help in any other way to support a charity that is helping care experienced young people to be all they can be, click on the Become A Partner button below.

You’ll join an amazing community of partner organisations including The Herald, the University of Strathclyde and Maguires digital and branding agency.

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Other Ways to Volunteer

Some MCR mentors and partners volunteer their time, services and expertise in other ways to support our programme.

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Skills & Project Volunteer – From marketing to administration, from delivering training to ICT & Apps development, there are loads of different projects you can help our core team with to change young lives for the better.
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Events Volunteer – MCR Events are delivered throughout the year. From Ambassador days to Talent Taster experiences. Events are also held for our mentors and partners. You can help run, organise or just take part.
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Other Ways – From designing our marketing materials, to researching the wider support available to care experienced young people, to tutoring. MCR Volunteers ensure invaluable contributions are made right across our programme.

Thank you so much for your support! Together, we will change the life chances of so many disadvantaged youngsters.

If you can’t mentor but want to help out in another way, just contact our Volunteer Services Coordinator:

Email: mandy.choi@mcrpathways.org

Outline why you would like to get involved, the type of role you would like to support with and include any other information you think would be relevant.

We’ll get back in touch with the many volunteering opportunities that we have available right throughout the year.

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Glasgow Design agency Maguires have supported MCR for a number of years. Using their expertise and resources, they’ve designed, created and printed MCR marketing materials. Leaflets, brochures and handbooks, ensure MCR can raise awareness of its programme further.

Maguires use their expertise to support MCR in the ways that they can. As have other Glasgow businesses including Bright Red Publishing (who provide additional school materials), Bees Nees (who filmed and edited our new Bridges That Transform video series) and Yatter (a Glasgow-based social media company who provide a free scheduling software platform).