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Published, 29 September 2017

Mentoring programme rolls out to all Glasgow secondary schools

A successful Glasgow mentoring programme is expanding across Glasgow and will now be offered in all secondary schools to vulnerable and care experienced young people.

The programme, developed by MCR Pathways and Glasgow City Council currently supports over 700 young people in 15 secondary schools by pairing them with a mentor. Over the next four months the programme will roll-out to all 30 city secondaries.

Councillor Chris Cunningham, City Convener for Education, Skills & Early Years said:

"The partnership between MCR Pathways and the council over the last 10 years has had an incredible impact on the lives of the young people who've been mentored. We can now take this successful model into the rest of our secondary schools, however, it does mean that our efforts to attract mentors to the programme is now crucial so as to meet the demand that we have identified across the city."

Iain MacRitchie, of MCR Pathways, explains:

"This year's People Make Glasgow Inspiring City Award for MCR was based on the fantastic variety of mentors we have of all ages, professions, jobs and backgrounds. They all share the commitment to help a disadvantaged young person to find, grow and use their talent."

In January this year, Glasgow City Council also announced an ambitious target - to engage up to 10% of council employees as mentors or as part of the talent taster programme.

Read our news story from January