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MCR Pathways (Aberdeen)

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.


Current opportunities

"My mentor tells me that I am good enough. She makes me believe in myself as well. I haven’t had a lot of times where someone tells me that I’m good enough or ‘you can do it'." Shannon, Mentored young person. MCR Pathways is Scottish charity that is looking for volunteers to mentor local disadvantaged pupils like Shannon. Mentors are matched with a young person and provide a caring, listening ear for just one hour a week at school. Mentoring takes place at St Machar Academy, St Machar Drive, Aberdeen for one hour a week during the school day. 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. All help makes a real difference and excellent support is provided to all volunteers. Mentors don’t need any special skills or experience, but should be good listeners, caring, non-judgmental and committed. Mentors receive full introductory and ongoing training and are supported by a full-time MCR Pathways Coordinator. For further details please contact Roxanne Card, MCR Pathways Coordinator at E Mail: roxanne.card@mcrpathways.org, Tel No: 01224 492855 or register via our website at www.mcrpathways.org/get-involved/

“My mentor tells me that I am good enough. She makes me believe in myself as well. That alone makes me feel more confident. I haven’t had a lot of times where someone tells me that I’m good enough or ‘you can do it'." Shannon, MCR mentored young person. At MCR Pathways, we know that all young people are talented. However, Scotland’s care-experienced and disadvantaged young people face challenges beyond their control that make it more difficult for them to succeed. Our vision is that every young person in Scotland gets the same education outcomes, career opportunities and life chances as every other young person, no matter their home circumstances. And they need your help to make this happen. MCR recruits and trains volunteer mentors who are matched with a young person based on personality, interests and career aspirations. Mentors meet with their young person at their school for just one hour a week and provide a compassionate, listening ear. These mentors come from all walks of life but what they share in common is their desire to help Aberdeen’s young people. One of their mentors, John, says, “I have a young family and I felt mentoring would help me understand some of the things they may encounter. It has opened my eyes and will definitely help me to relate to my own children better.” Through meeting each week, mentors and young people create a supportive relationship. It’s this relationship that makes the difference. In 2014, before mentoring was extended, only 48% of care-experienced young people left school to a positive destination while in 2018, 86% of our mentored young people did. 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. No experience is required and full training is given. We're asking YOU to be part of the #TheRippleEffect. Become a mentor and help us transform Scotland one young person at a time! The programme is flexible to fit around your schedule. Sign up today at http://mcrpathways.org/get-involved/ or contact info@mcrpathways.org for more details.