Strategy

Scottish Mentoring Network receives core funding from the Scottish Government's Children, Young People and Families Early Intervention Fund administered by the Lloyds TSB Foundation for Scotland.

Our main aim in this is to provide support and capacity building to our member organisations and projects working with children, young people and their families. The objective is to support the Scottish Government in achieving its own relevant outcomes in the National Performance Framework through the effective use of properly resourced and structured mentoring programmes.

We aim to work strategically with partners and member organisations to help improve outcomes for a wide range of service users. SMN supported the six Public Social Partnerships (PSPs) funded by the Reducing Reoffending Change Fund (RRCF) a joint initiative by the Scottish Government Justice Department and the Robertson Trust to reduce reoffending amongst all women offenders and persistent young male offenders. The independent evaluation of the RRCF published in February 2016 concluded “that mentoring is an effective approach which helps mentees to learn and implement constructive, non-criminal ways of addressing problems in their lives and to reduce risk factors associated with offending behaviour, and that there is a strong case for the continuation and expansion of mentoring services.”

SMN is also working in partnership with the Life Changes Trust to support its pilot peer mentoring programme, launched on 1st April 2015, with the specific aim of improving outcomes for care experienced young people transitioning from care.

In addition, SMN has been supporting the Scottish Government to set up a long term National Mentoring Scheme for young people who are looked after at home.  We are now supporting Inspiring Scotland as it delivers is intandem mentoring programme which provides mentors for young people aged between 8 and 14 years who are looked after by their local authority but living at home.

SMN strongly believes that its main strength lies in the breadth and depth of experience of its member organisations. We will always seek to use this extensive pool of knowledge through the development and promotion of opportunities at local, thematic and national level to share good practice.