A Warm Welcome To Our Newest Members

29 January 2018

A Warm Welcome To Our Newest Members

Over the past few months we have welcomed seven new projects to our membership from across Scotland.  Our newest members are working under various themes and all have a profile on our website where you can find out more about their work in mentoring.  

We encourage anyone interested in these projects to utilise our ‘Mentoring Map’ to find out a bit more about these member projects; the details of the lead contact for any mentoring activities within a project is shown on each profile.

Our newest members are:

  • Timebank Shoulder to Shoulder Erskine: is a partnership project between Timebank and Erskine, offering one to one volunteer mentor support for ex-service men and women living in central Scotland who are recovering from mental health issues or having difficulty adjusting to civilian life.  

  • The Law Society Of Scotland's Student: Trainee Mentoring Pilot:  is a year-long pilot project for law students, matching them with a trainee solicitor to help them to navigate the early stages of employment.  The pilot is running in Edinburgh with 16 pairs of  mentors and mentees and at the end of the year a feasibility assessment will be conducted to determine whether the scheme can be rolled out across Scotland.

  • Fife College - Fife Young Talent:  is a programme which aims to mentor care experienced young people through their transition from school to college.  Mentees take part in a small course experience at college, whilst they are still in school, with support from their mentor.  Mentors also support mentees to complete the short course qualification, to apply for college courses and provide support through their first year in full-time education.  

  • Borders College - Borders Young Talent Programme:  supports young people who face additional challenges in making a successful transition to college from school while in their last year of secondary education.  It also provides support during their first year at college helping them to achieve their desired outcome.  The programme prioritises young people who are care experienced.

  • University of St Andrews - Centre for Academic, Professional and Organisational Development: has experience of setting up and managing a range of mentoring programmes.  Current programmes include mentoring programmes for staff and students, including supporting access students from under-privileged backgrounds.  

  • Developing Young Workforce Perth & Kinross - Resolutions: is in the process of developing a pilot mentoring programme called Resolutions for pupils who are disinterested in school and at risk of negative destinations.  These pupils will be mentored by local small business owners or experienced mentors.  

  • National Union of Students Scotland - College Officers Mentor Scheme: aims to link college officers in Scotland with colleges and universities to share their knowledge and experience in specific identified areas. 

  • BREAKTHROUGH 1:1 - Breakthrough Dundee:  is a community project working with Dundee City Council in all eight of Dundee's secondary schools.  The project aims to provide mentoring support to care experienced and other vulnerable young people from first to sixth year at school.  It aims to raise expectations and provide the support and develop basic positive life skills that will change the prospects of these youngsters, so reducing the likelihood of them experiencing failed outcomes in later life. 

  •  Action for Children Aberdeen Priority Families Service: adopts a whole family approach to supporting and enabling families with multiple and complex needs to improve their outcomes. The mentoring service aims to support a child / young person to develop their inner resources and strengths, build their confidence, self-esteem and find positive alternatives to their challenging behaviour that could otherwise result in them not reaching their full potential. 

  • Forth Valley College Time 4 Me Mentoring Project: is a new initiative which will work with young people from across the Forth Valley area who face additional challenges and barriers in making a successful transition from their final year of secondary education and into their first year of college life.  Using targeted, one-to-one mentoring as a framework for support, the overall aim is not only to help young people progress towards their desired outcomes and aspirations in relation to education, training and employment but help to sustain them. 

For more information and contact details for our newest members please visit our Mentoring Map.

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