Recent research by Strathclyde University has found that mentoring, in association with other structured activities, can make a profound difference to raise these young people’s self-confidence and educational aspirations. It can help them to engage and benefit from all that our education system and training can offer them. Being involved really does make a difference.

Can you share your personal and professional experiences by becoming a mentor? It takes only an hour a week (or a fortnight) of your time, and can have a huge impact on a young person. Being a mentor involves getting to know the young person, their interests and ambitions, what makes them tick, as well as the more practical side of helping them understand their opportunities in work and education. You can be positive role model and have a profound effect on building self-confidence, skills and aspirations.

We will provide training, support during the matching process, and continuous support throughout the mentoring relationship. You will be willing to apply for approval to work with children under the Protection of Vulnerable Groups (PVG) Scheme, and to support us in the research aspects of the programme to help develop it further. Please note due to the background circumstances of these young people there will be some compulsory elements of training.