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
MCR Pathways began at St Andrew's RC Secondary in Glasgow's East End. At the school, results for care-experienced young people were significantly below their peers. The small team began providing dedicated 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 introducing a mentor, a reliable, supportive adult, was a key way to bring stability to the lives of these young people.

Glasgow’s Executive Director of Education became a champion for the programme and approved the expansion of MCR into 5 new schools. 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 soon decided that they didn’t want to delay.

With young people as our inspiration, we expanded mentoring into all Glasgow secondary schools in November 2017, doubling the number of young people supported from 600 to more than 1200.
2017
2018
In 2018, we began our national expansion and brought mentoring into Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire.

We also released our Impact Report, data collected and published by Glasgow City Council, which showed outstanding results. An amazing 86% of mentored care-experienced young people progressed to a positive destination - college, university or full-time work - compared to just 50% of care-experienced young people nationally.

By the end of the year we were supporting more than 1500 young people.
2018
2019
In 2019, MCR continued creating partnerships across the country and introduced our programme into schools in West Dunbartonshire, South Lanarkshire, North Ayrshire, and Edinburgh.
2019
2020
During this trying year when so many young people faced uncertainty, we managed to launch in new areas such as Clackmannanshire, Shetland and Perth & Kinross. In addition to this, we expanded to 9 schools in Edinburgh and 6 in Aberdeen.
2020
The Future
In 2021, it is our aim to reach 4,000 young people across the country. We have already agreed partnerships with Inverclyde, among others, who should be ready to launch throughout 2021. With the hope of some normality returning, we’re determined to build on the success of this year to help even more young people be all that they can.
The Future

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