Published by The Courier
Written by Laura Devlin
A youth charity is looking to recruit up to 200 volunteers to help mentor young people in Dundee.
MCR Pathways, a national mentoring programme delivered in 86 schools across the UK, wants volunteer mentors to sign up and support their young talent programme in Dundee.
The charity teamed up with Dundee City Council earlier this year to launch the programme in four schools: Braeview Academy, Craigie High School, Morgan Academy and St Paul’s RC Academy.
And after a success there the programme is expanding to four more schools in the city – St John’s RC High School, Grove Academy, Baldragon Academy and Harris Academy.
What is involved in the programme?
For a minimum of one year, mentors can dedicate an hour a week to help young people to build their confidence, overcome challenges, focus on education and move towards a positive future.
No experience is required, with volunteers trained locally before being matched with a young person in a nearby high school.
Matches are based on a pair’s common interests, similar personalities and shared life experiences. Mentoring begins from S3 and continues through S6.
Make a “positive impact on a young person”
“Our volunteers are from all walks of life; anyone can be a mentor, you just need an hour a week and the desire to help make a difference.
Established in Glasgow in 2007, MCR Pathways currently provides support to over 4,000 young people throughout Scotland and England each week, and the programme has recently expanded into a total of 16 local authorities.