Mentoring Matters to North Ayrshire

Why Mentoring Matters

First founded in 2007, MCR Pathways began expanding across Scotland in 2018 – launching in our first North Ayrshire school the following year. In 2020, the programme then expanded into a total of six schools in the region, helping young people across North Ayrshire to find, grow and use their talent.

Our 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. Young people are matched with a mentor based on their personalities, interests and career aspirations. All young people are different and have different needs, so it’s important that our mentors come from all walks of life.

Role models make a life-changing difference to young people. Additionally, mentoring has been shown to make a powerful and positive impact on those who give their time and support.

Sign up today and find out more about mentoring in North Ayrshire schools including: Ardrossan Academy, Auchenharvie Academy, Garnock Community Campus, Greenwood Academy, Irvine Royal Academy and St Matthew’s Academy.

Your Mentor Journey

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

Featured Success Stories

“I have enjoyed every moment. I hope to see my mentee fulfil their dreams.”

Josh & Lee-Ann’s Story

“From where he was to where he is now, he’s totally come out of his shell.”

Helpful Guides


Frequently asked questions about mentoring and volunteering.

Your Mentor Journey Explained

Everything you need to know about your mentoring journey.

Start your journey!

Other Ways To Get Involved


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!