Let us introduce you to MCR Pathways, the Scottish charity that works with local disadvantaged young people in South Lanarkshire Council, and other local authorities across Scotland.
It’s known care-experienced and disadvantaged young people are talented, but their home circumstances often hold them back. MCR recruit, train and match volunteer mentors with a young person for just 50 minutes a week and provide a caring, listening ear.
Can you become a mentor and meet a young person for just 50 minutes a week, in their school, to encourage, listen and help them think about their future?
Mentoring makes an enormous difference to the confidence and lives of these pupils. Shannon, a mentored young person, said this about the programme, “My mentor makes me believe in myself. 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 that “you can do it”
Mentors are matched with a young person and provide a caring, listening ear for just 50 minutes a week at school. Coming from all backgrounds, the impact mentors are having on disadvantaged young people is undeniable.
When MCR started in Glasgow, only 49% of care-experienced young people progressed to college, university or full-time employment while in 2018 this number has increased to an amazing 86% for MCR’s mentored young people.
MCR are hosting upcoming info sessions on the following dates. South Lanarkshire Council. Almada Street, Hamilton, South Lanarkshire, ML3 0AA Banqueting Hall, (25th March) (Times to be confirmed)