MCR Pathways Brings Mentoring to England

Become a mentor and help a young person build confidence, raise aspirations and achieve better qualifications. All it takes is 1 hour a week.

Young Herts Talent & Young Surrey Talent

We are thrilled to be launching Young Herts Talent in partnership with Hertfordshire County Council and 11 schools in the region. Following the success of our programme in Scotland, MCR Pathways is looking forward to helping young people in Herts to find, grow and use their talent. In November 2022, we were delighted to expand into Surrey and launch the Young Surrey Talent programme in 4 schools.

What We Do

MCR Pathways is a national charity. Our vision is that every care-experienced young person, or those who have experienced disadvantage, gets the same education outcomes, career opportunities and life chances as every other young person.

Our school-based Mentoring programme and Talent Taster experiences support young people to find, grow and use their talents. The Young Herts Talent programme by MCR Pathways will help young people progress onto positive post-school destinations.

Your Mentor Journey

Volunteer mentors spend one hour a week listening to and encouraging their young person. The only qualification you need to be a mentor is the desire to help and be there. Our mentors help the young person they are matched with, to realise their full potential and be empowered with the confidence and belief to make it happen.

Step 1 - Register

1. Register

Step 2 - Information Session

2. Info Session

Step 3 - Interview

3. Interview

Step 4 - Training Session

4. Training

Step 5 - Matching Process

5. Matching

6. Meetings

Why Mentoring Matters

Positive Destinations

MCR mentoring transforms lives. Scotcen, the Scottish arm of independent social research institute NatCen, found that 81.6% of mentored care-experienced young people leave school to a positive destination (full-time employment, further education, or higher education) compared to 59.8% of care-experienced non-mentored school leavers.

There’s amazing potential in our young people, potential that’s often hampered because of difficult life experiences. Our mentors help young people to discover their talents, develop their confidence and gain opportunities to help them reach their potential. By spending just one hour a week listening and being there for your young person you will empower them to find, grow and use their talents.

Prue Leith
MCR Pathways are an amazing charity. They provide mentors to children who are in or on the edges of the care system, in their final years of school. They help them to achieve their potential and overcome their difficulties.
Prue Leith
Presenting a CSJ Award
June 2021
I don’t think words could describe or if you 100% know the impact you’ve had on me, I definitely I don’t think you do. I prayed that every other kid that is like me gets a chance to meet someone like you, even if it’s not a mentor, just a day with Chrissy is like the best thing.
Young Person
With my mentor, Charlie, I can truly be myself. Charlie has been beside me the whole way. He shared how he got through tough times in his life. He’s helped me focus. He’s helped me think I could go to college, which is something I've never believed before.
Young Person
Daniel, straight away, was an absolute pleasure to work with. He’s genuinely gone through tough things in his life, but it’s not stopped him from being a happy, resilient and upbeat person. We are talking about more stuff and it feels like the conversation is going into new places - and there’s trust there between us that the conversation can go there. That’s where the satisfaction comes from.
Ross Armstrong
As time goes on, she trusts me more and trust has opened up between us. We chat about life, and decisions and everything in between, which is great. It's the relationship that matters, so making an hour is week is not a chore. The challenge is really being the best you can be for someone else, instead of for yourself.
Ali MacLachlan
My mentee bounces up to reception where we meet and seems excited to see me. I can’t wait to see how the relationship grows and I already know that once my young person leaves school, I want to be able to begin the process again.
North Ayrshire

Other Ways To Help


Would you like to help bring mentoring and support to more young people through a financial donation? We’ve partnered with InvestMyCommunity to facilitate donations. We are very grateful for your support.

Become A Partner

Our committed partners help us deliver our programme and reach more young people. Our partners include organisations of all sizes, from local businesses to national corporations to Local Authorities. 


There are many ways to get involved at MCR Pathways. We are delighted to have volunteers supporting almost every department in our team. Contact us if you’d like to get involved!

Start your journey!