MCR Pathways Programme Launches in First East Lothian Schools

We are now in East Lothian!

After a lot of hard work, we are beyond pleased to say that today is our East Lothian launch.

We are now looking forward to providing all the support that we can for the young people of East Lothian with the help of our volunteers. Currently we’ve partnered with: Dunbar Grammar School, Knox Academy, Musselburgh Grammar School, North Berwick Highschool, Preston Lodge High, and Ross High.

Can you mentor in any of these schools? It isn’t as hard as it sounds. As long as you care about helping young people reach their full potential, you’re qualified to become one.

When you volunteer to mentor, you agree to meet a young person for an hour each week during school hours and listen to them, helping them to believe in themselves.

The young people we help face various challenges. Our mentoring programme has proven time and time again that it works, helping everyone involved get valuable and meaningful experiences, even the mentor.

Fay Gingell, CEO of MCR Pathways, said: “It’s absolutely brilliant to be in East Lothian. Our programme was first established in 2007 in Glasgow and has not stopped expanding across Scotland since then.

“This partnership with the schools and local authority will make a huge difference to so many young people, directing vital support to those who need it most.”

An independent three-year evaluation undertaken by ScotCen Social Research and commissioned  in 2020, established the dramatic impact of MCR Pathways’ programme for care-experienced young people. 

The report found that 81.6% of mentored care-experienced young people left school for a positive destination compared to 56.3% of non-mentored leavers.

But the key to providing these results is through our volunteer mentors. If you can #ShareAnHour each week to make sure that a young person’s future is determined by their talents and not their circumstances, then please, sign up today and change a life. Maybe yours too.

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