Volunteer Mentor

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At MCR Pathways, we know that all young people are talented. However, our country’s care-experienced and disadvantaged young people face challenges beyond their control that make it more difficult for them to succeed. These young people are in our communities but we don’t always see their struggles. As a community, we can change this.
We recruit and train volunteer mentors who are matched with a young person based on personality and career aspirations. Mentors meet with their young person at their school for just one hour a week and provide a compassionate, listening ear.
MCR Mentors:
• Build a relationship, improving the self-esteem of their young person
• Help their young people discover their own passion for learning & achieving
• Empower their young people to overcome the challenges thrown at them
Mentor a disadvantaged young person in numerous local authorities around the country. Volunteer just one hour a week you will help them realise their potential and grow your own skill set!
Education is the key to unlocking our young people’s potential. Our volunteer Mentors are supported every step of the way as they guide their young person onto a positive pathway.
Organisation aims and objectives
MCR Pathways is a Scottish, school based mentoring programme supporting those in or on the edges of the care-system to realise their full potential through education. MCR Pathways works in all Glasgow's secondary schools and in schools in Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, Clackmannanshire, Edinburgh, North Ayrshire, Shetland, South Lanarkshire and West Dunbartonshire. The programme supports almost 2,000 young people each week. Our vision is that every care-experienced and disadvantaged young person in Scotland gets the same education outcomes, career opportunities and life chances as every other young person. MCR is growing nationally with support and commitment from both Local and National Government.

Organisation aims and objectives

MCR Pathways works in 10 of Glasgow’s secondary schools at the moment with a Glasgow wide expansion plan and national ambition. We mentor and support over 400 young people disadvantaged through no fault of their own, to find grow and use their many skills and talents. MCR Pathways is a pioneering partnership of the MCR Foundation and Glasgow City Council and actively supported by an increasing number of Glasgow’s key organisations including Wheatley Group, Glasgow Life, University of Strathclyde, Santander, The Herald, Kelvin College, SECC and Glasgow Chamber of Commerce.










1 hour per week. Min commitment: 1 year


Volunteers must be 21yrs or over. PVG check will be required.
Experience required: Volunteers must be empathetic, good listeners and have a genuine interest in supporting young, disadvantaged people.
Travel details: This volunteering takes place in SOUTH LANARKSHIRE in areas such as Hamilton, Blantyre, Cambuslang and Rutherglen
Minimum age: 21


Expenses details: NO expenses are reimbursed.
Training details: Induction and any ongoing support deemed necessary for the role.
Support: Named Contact For Volunteer

Last updated 5 months ago

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