PATHWAYS

MCR Pathways was created by the MCR Charitable Foundation after seven years of direct programme experience of working with looked after young people in school settings. Our journey began in one east end Glasgow school and after five years of life changing results, we are now actively supporting 250 young people aged between 12 and 18 in five schools. MCR Pathways is an exciting and innovative programme in Glasgow that helps children growing up in difficult circumstances reach their true potential. Help us create more pathways and set Scotland apart as the place where young people flourish without exception, irrespective of their backgrounds and circumstances. Along with MCR Foundation founding partners, MCR Pathways has its own Advisory Board of committed individuals and institutions.

The MCR Foundation provides support, advice & funding for sustainable, grass roots rehabilitation, education, health & welfare projects. Target projects are those that encourage, build & help realise the talents and potential of individuals and groups in inner city based communities. Initially focused on Glasgow the foundation aims to benefit a wide range of people across the UK. In addition the Foundation is committed to providing support for education initiatives in Africa.

MCR Pathways focuses specifically on supporting looked after young people via mentoring programmes, with emphasis on three pathways: re-engagement in education, working towards further education and vocational training. It currently is actively working in Glasgow, with plans to use this model as a blueprint across Scotland and the UK.

Some of our team - The MCR Pioneers

Dr Iain MacRitchie

MCR Founder

Iain’s passion to help looked-after young people in Scotland is the driving force behind the MCR Pathway’s programme.
After experiencing first hand, through his previous line of work, the extreme difficulties forced upon young people from disadvantaged backgrounds, he decided to follow through with his idea to empower these young people by giving them assistance to get the best possible outcome from their education.
Prior to MCR Pathways Iain had significant success in the business world and has noted his experience in creating MCR as his opportunity to give back to his community.

Donna Cunningham

Project Director

Donna is Principal Officer for Skills and Aspirations within Glasgow’s Education Authority, providing a range of services to all Glasgow’s secondary pupils.

Prior to this Donna worked in St Andrew’s Secondary School, Glasgow, covering a variety of roles including Senior Manager Raising Attainment (2005-2011) and Senior Leader Partnership Development (2011-2013). During this time her input led to the school achieving a UK Award for Career Development, Scottish Education Award and an ‘Outstanding’ commendation in the school’s 2012 Education Scotland Inspection.
Donna’s main professional interest is ensuring they have the motivation, commitment and resilience to excel locally, nationally and internationally in their future pathways.

Robin Dewar

I.C.T Manager

With over 14 years of experience in Software Development, as a Web Developer, Team Leader and Project Manager, Robin has worked on and delivered projects for a broad range of high profile financial and public sector customers. Most recently, Robin worked for wapisasaCIC – a non-profit digital agency focused on taking young people with a creative spark to become digital professionals by using real work from real customers.

Following a spell volunteering for Glasgow City Mission a few years ago, Robin has never been able to shake-off the desire to direct his skills and efforts to benefiting others and, as such, is delighted to have the opportunity to bring his experience into the realm of providing technical guidance and solutions for MCR Pathways and Young Glasgow Talent.
A dad of 3 lively boys, Robin doesn’t actually have any spare time, but if he did he would either be out riding his bike or hiding out in his man-shed hoping that no-one will find him.

Jen McLean

Development Manager

My life (all of it)…. Supporting my daughter through her education, meeting her teachers at parents evening from 1st to 3rd year trying to establish which career area would be most suitable for her which changed on a regular basis from being a journalist to a doctor. Seeing my daughter’s face when she achieved straight 1’s and A in her standard grades and observing the change in her confidence and attitude after that day. This gave her the platform to believe in herself to go to university and then on to employment in an Actuarial Role. As I was not very academic at school I personally learned a lot from her journey.

My role as D of E Manager enabled me to work with people from all backgrounds. I had no knowledge of the programme, however, once I understood the ethos I realised how beneficial it was and how it encourages young people to set and achieve goals which then raises their self esteem.