Our History

Scottish Mentoring Network has been in existence since 1997 originally as an informal grouping of individuals and organisations interested in mentoring.

Since then, the number of organisations involved in mentoring has increased dramatically, as has the range of provision across all sectors. With funding from the Scottish Executive in April 2005 we were able to formalise the organisation, employ our first National Development Manager and develop a planned programme of work/activities over a 2 year period.

The continuation of core funding from the Scottish Government allowed us to further develop the role of SMN and, together with funding from the Big Lottery Dynamic Inclusive Communities Fund, enabled us to establish core services, thematic networks, the SMN Project Quality Award, an evaluation framework, our annual conference and recognition awards.