Your route to becoming a mentor

MCR mentors come from all walks of life. No experience or qualifications are needed; just the desire to care and the commitment to be there for a young person. Our programme was adapted since the Covid pandemic to incorporate virtual mentoring options, however mentoring sessions usually take place in-person at the young person’s school, wherever possible, to encourage and enable a strong connection to be built. 

Take the first step today! When one person mentors, two lives are changed.
What is the mentor journey?

To become an MCR mentor we ask that you complete 6 stages. These ensure that you are fully confident and prepared to mentor, and helps us make the best possible match to encourage a long-lasting friendship.

Step 1: Registration

You register on the website by completing our online form here, which helps us to get to know you better so we can find the right match for you.

Step 2: Watch our Info Session

Our introduction to the MCR programme is normally presented at a location near you, however we now provide the option to watch a recorded information session, or attend a live session via Zoom.

Click here to see the latest live session dates.

Step 3: One to One Conversation

Next you’ll be invited in for a 1:1 conversation with a member of our team (by phone or camera-facing internet call). This gives you an opportunity to talk about yourself – including your hobbies, interests, school life and career path. This is an important step as we’ll match you with a young person based on your experiences and interests.

We will also chat to you about your PVG/DBS application.

Step 4: Training

Mentors aren’t just thrown in at the deep end with a young person and expected to know what to do! You’ll be invited to attend a Training Session where you’ll learn useful information and helpful mentoring tips. This is a group session which takes around 2 hours and includes discussion time with fellow volunteers, as well as plenty of opportunity to raise questions.

Step 5: Matching

Almost there! Once your PVG/DBS application is approved, our matching panel will review your profile and try to find your potential match. There are many factors involved in this process, including personality, interests and even schedules. We will keep you updated and let you know when we have a possible match.

Step 6: Meeting

Once you’re matched, we’ll arrange an induction with your new Pathways Coordinator and meet your young person. Mentoring sessions are just one hour a week during the school day, at whatever time is best for both to meet. We ask you to commit to at least a year in order to properly build a relationship.

Still have unanswered questions? Get in touch with our team by emailing mentor.services@mcrpathways.org or call 0141 221 0200. 

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