Mentoring In Education - MCR Pathways
MCR Pathways was awarded £600,000 to run from October 2015 to October 2018.
Life Changes Trust funding was part of a package of funding from the Robertson Trust, STV Appeal, MCR Foundation and Glasgow City Council. This joint funding relationship formed the basis of a three year Public Social Partnership (2016-2019) between Glasgow City Council and MCR Pathways.
The MCR programme provides young people with care experience with one-to-one mentoring support, to help them get the most out of their education. The funding was used to expand a school-based mentoring programme for young people with care experience in Glasgow, with the aim of improving their school experience, educational attainment and post-school opportunities.
For some young people, this might mean encouraging them to reconnect with school, and for others it focuses on nurturing academic ambitions. For all of the young people involved, the programme enables them to visualise a positive future which offers a career, not just a job, matched to the abilities and ambitions of the young person.
Volunteer mentors are recruited from all walks of life, and the key qualification is having the ability to build a positive relationship with a young person.
The programme also successfully engages with a range of large employers in the city to encourage them to do more for their young people with care experience. This activity includes work experience and shadowing opportunities, as well as encouraging employees to volunteer as mentors.
As a result of this project, Glasgow-based young people with care experience are already achieving improved educational outcomes in schools, including attendance and attainment. The funding has directly improved their confidence levels and wellbeing.
MCR Pathways in Glasgow was so successful that the programme has now expanded beyond Glasgow to Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, Clackmannanshire, Edinburgh, North Ayrshire, Shetland, South Lanarkshire and West Dunbartonshire.