Our Timeline

Our History

MCR Pathways was founded by philanthropist Iain MacRitchie. Iain succeeded in the business world by turning around failing corporations, but after improving the financial success of over 90 children’s homes and 5 residential schools, he realised these were not the changes that really needed to be made. The talents of these young people were left undeveloped and potential unrealised, forgotten completely as they turned 18. Iain realised the key to these young people’s success lay in education and that was the catalyst for the creation of MCR Pathways.

Where It All Began

2007
After this realisation, a chance meeting took place with Bruce Malone and Donna Cunningham, Head Teacher and Senior Manager at St Andrew’s Secondary School. In 2007, Donna began providing dedicated and individual support to care-experienced young people in the school. The goal was to develop these young people’s confidence and talents by giving individualised attention to each child’s specific story.
2007
2012 - 2014
It soon became clear that a key way to bring stability to the lives of these young people was by introducing a mentor, a reliable adult who is there for no other reason than they care. For Maureen McKenna, Glasgow’s Executive Director of Education, the MCR approach was persuasive and she approved the expansion of MCR into 6 new schools. Consequently, St Andrew’s Secondary was then joined by St Rochs Secondary, Springburn Academy, Lochend Community High, Eastbank Academy and Smithycroft Secondary. It was not all smooth going, but their will and resilience never wavered. Giving up was never an option. The number of young people supported rose to 350.
2012 - 2014
2016
In 2016 we brought a further 9 schools onboard, bringing the number of young people supported to 600. Now in 15 schools, the impact of mentoring could be felt across the city and more wonderful individuals and organisations pledged to support Glasgow's young people. The number of mentors hit a record 500 this year.
2016
2017
MCR and Glasgow City Council formed a revolutionary partnership to transform the lives of disadvantaged young people and bring mentoring across Glasgow over three years. However, the MCR team and the Council didn’t want to delay – they wanted to support all young people who needed a mentor as soon as possible. With young people as our inspiration and motivation, we expanded mentoring into all Glasgow secondary schools in November 2017, doubling the number of young people supported from 600 to more than 1200. Through the power of relationships, more young people than ever before are being supported to achieve their dreams.
2017
2018
The MCR Mentor Programme is now in all Glasgow secondary schools. In 2018, we began our national expansion and brought mentoring into Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire. Over the next year we hope to expand into a further 5 local authorities, allowing us to support over 2,000 young people in our most challenged areas. We have a national ambition to bring mentoring to all Scottish care-experienced and disadvantaged young people.
2018
The Future
Over the next two years we are planning on expanding into a further 5 local authorities, allowing us to support over 2,000 young people in our most challenged areas. We have a national ambition to bring mentoring to all Scottish care-experienced and disadvantaged young people, providing mentors to more than 5000 pupils.
The Future

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