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SMN National Event & Recognition Awards 2016

The SMN National Event and Recognition Awards ceremony took place at the Trades Hall in Glasgow on Thursday 17th November and was very well attended with over 100 delegates, from over 50 different organisations, in attendance.  

The day was opened by SMN's Strategic Development Manager, Iain Forbes, who delivered an update on SMN activity over the past year followed by showcase presentations from SMN member projects, Tayside Council on Alcohol’s One Stop Women’s Learning Service (OWLS) and the Cross Organisational Mentoring Project between Renfrewshire Council, NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde, the National Australia Group and Glasgow Caledonian University.   

Delegates participated in facilitated Network and Learning discussions on the Impact of Mentoring and a range of four breakout sessions were on offer.

We were delighted to present this years' SMN Project of the Year Award 2016 to Lochaber Hope, accepted on the day by Alyson Smith and Norma Green.

The Category Award Winners of the SMN Recognition Awards 2016 are shown below:

  • Project of the Year 2016 - Lochaber Hope
  • Business Project of the Year - GrowBiz Enterprise Mentoring Support
  • Care Experienced Young People Project of the Year - Move On (Edinburgh & Glasgow)
  • Community Project of the Year - Cothrom - Mentor Uist and Barra
  • Culture Project of the Year - Cultural Enterprise Office - Flourish Mentoring
  • Disability & Health Project of the Year - Joint Winner: Ayrshire College Peer Mentoring and The National Autistic Society Scotland-Moving Forward
  • Education Project of the Year - Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh-Employer Mentoring
  • Employment Project of the Year - LinkLiving Ltd - SmartLiving
  • Inclusion Project of the Year - Lochaber Hope
  • Intergenerational Project of the Year - Covey and Bellshill & Mossend YMCA - Pathways to Confidence
  • Justice Project of the Year - Joint Winner: Kirkcaldy YMCA Plusone Mentoring & Tayside Council on Alcohol –TCA Mentoring Services
  • Social Care Project of the Year - Phoenix Futures - Communities of Recovery - Glasgow
  • Youth Project of the Year - Youth Scotland-Young People Taking the Lead, U: Mentor

In addition to these category awards, yipworld Plusone Mentoring received a Highly Commended Certificate and Very Highly Commended Certificates were awarded to City of Glasgow College-Interior Design Mentorship and Penicuik YMCA Plusone Midlothian.  A Certificate of Continuing Excellence was awarded to the University of the West of Scotland for its Employer Mentoring project.

Three staff members who have made a special impact within their project received an Outstanding Employee Contribution to Mentoring Award: Jillian Law from YMCA Scotland, Paul McIlvenny from Youth Scotland and Shug McRoberts from Move On. The Outstanding Mentor Contribution to Mentoring Award was awarded to Danny McCrone from Move On and a number of staff members and mentors received Commended and Highly Commended Certificates.  

Special Award for the Advancement of Mentoring was awarded to YMCA Scotland for its Plusone Mentoring franchise.

A full report on the event and winners is available to download from the resources section of our website here.

Thank you to everyone who attended and helped make this one of the best SMN National Events to date.

28 November

Member news: Pathways to Confidence improving the wellbeing of young people

Covey Befriending, in collaboration with Bellshill and Mossend YMCA, has improved the overall happiness of the families that have been involved with its 'Pathways to Confidence' project.

Operating across Lanarkshire this partnership project aims to improve the outcomes for children aged 8 to 14 and their families who are experiencing difficulties in their lives such as poor mental health, poverty, isolation and substance misuse. Using a whole system approach, mentoring is provided to young people and to parents and carers.

When the project was evaluated by North Lanarkshire Psychological Services they discovered that young people involved had improved their levels of engagement at school and had been socialising and spending more quality time with family.

After six months of having a mentor, parents and carers reported that their mental wellbeing had improved and they felt less isolated and lonely.  After a year they reported a reduction in depression and anxiety. They also reported that they were taking part in less risk taking behaviours.

The Pathways to Confidence programme is being funded by the William Grant Foundation, through Foundation Scotland.

28 November

Member News: Intandem Funding Announcement

The Scottish Government and Inspiring Scotland has announced the 13 charities it will support through its intandem programme which aims to help Scotland's most vulnerable young people to build positive, supporting relationships with caring adults.  

intandem was co-created by the Scottish Government and Inspiring Scotland and launched by John Swinney, Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Education, earlier this year. The programme will offer young people a chance to build a relationship with a volunteer adult mentor who will support them as they deal with difficult experiences and challenges.

Existing mentoring projects have demonstrated that the relationship between a mentor and young person is extremely valuable. intandem charities will carefully screen and match mentors with mentees based on individual circumstances to best suit the needs of the child or young person.

This is the first national programme specifically for children who are looked after at home in Scotland and Inspiring Scotland is looking forward to working with the selected charities to improve outcomes for these children and young people.

After a rigorous three-month selection process, 13 charities have been invited to form the initial intandem portfolio. The intandem portfolio of charities ranges from large national organisations to smaller charities operating within a single local authority or town. They bring a range of experience of mentoring, delivering through volunteers and working with vulnerable children and young people.

Inspiring Scotland will begin to work with the charities immediately to recruit an intandem volunteer co-ordinator who will then recruit, select and train volunteer mentors.

The following charities have been selected to join intandem:

  • Aberlourcovering  East Dunbartonshire and Inverclyde
  • Action for Childrencovering Highland
  • Barnardo'scovering South and East Ayrshire 
  • Befriend a Childcovering Aberdeen
  • Children 1stcovering Argyll and Bute
  • Community Volunteers Enabling You (COVEY) - covering South Lanarkshire
  • Kirkcaldy YMCA  - covering Fife
  • Move Oncovering Edinburgh, East Lothian, Midlothian and West Lothian
  • Quarrierscovering Stirling, Falkirk and Clackmannanshire
  • Volunteer Centrecovering Glasgow
  • Y Peoplecovering Glasgow and North Lanarkshire
  • YMCA Edinburgh - covering Edinburgh
  • Y Sort Itcovering West Dunbartonshire

 More information is available from the new intandem website.

25 November

Institute for Inspiring Children’s Futures

A new institute, based at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, will help to shape a brighter future for children who face difficult circumstances in Scotland and beyond.

The Institute for Inspiring Children’s Futures (known as ‘Inspiring Children’s Futures’) is a joint venture between the University, CELCIS (the Centre for Excellence for Looked After Children in Scotland) and the Centre for Youth & Criminal Justice. The Institute will be a world-leader, with a collective vision of ensuring that children and young people have what they need to reach their full potential; particularly children who experience adversity.

Plans for the new institute were revealed on Wednesday 23 November by the University of Strathclyde's Principal and Vice-Chancellor, Professor Sir Jim McDonald during the annual Kilbrandon lecture.  In his announcement, he named the Institute’s new Executive Director as Jennifer Davidson, Executive Director of CELCIS.

Inspiring Children’s Futures will bring together leading academics, policy-makers, and practitioners in this critically important field. Together, the partners will combine their own knowledge and experience with those of children and young people themselves, with the aim of securing a better future for children. This will involve embarking on research projects, running events to encourage best practice, and developing a network of colleagues to share and exchange fresh thinking and ideas.

Protecting children, providing care and support, accessing justice and creating the conditions for children’s wellbeing are global issues. Inspiring Children’s Futures will, therefore be global in reach and will encourage collaboration and networking from colleagues in the UK and internationally.

25 November

Call for Data: SMN Evaluation Framework

We are still collecting statistics and stories of change for the next issue of 'Mentoring Works' and are encouraging all members to send us anything they have for inclusion in the report.

This year we want to gather even more evidence which we will collate and publish. This will be used by SMN to promote the effective use of mentoring in Scotland to policy makers and funders and will therefore be a direct benefit to members.

The more data we receive from member projects the more in-depth reporting we can provide on the reach and variety of mentoring across Scotland.

If you are able to contribute statistics on the numbers of mentors and mentees you are currently working with or any case studies or impact stories we would love to hear from you. You can submit any statistics you have via Survey Monkey here and any stories of change observed in your mentees here.

15 November

Member News: MCR Pathways YGT Herald Society Award Success

MCR Pathways has been awarded the 'Education Initiative of the Year Award' at the 2016 Herald Society Awards.  The awards celebrate projects and initiatives that demonstrate value, innovation and best practice in Scotland’s public and third sectors. 

MCR Pathways provides mentoring to raise aspirations of school pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds. The University of Strathclyde and CELCIS are partners alongside agencies including Glasgow City Council, the Robertson Trust, the Scottish Government and Glasgow Kelvin College. It received the Education Initiative of the Year award for its Young Glasgow Talent Programme, which inspires and supports teenagers from disadvantaged backgrounds as they unlock their potential and find their talents.

Iain MacRitchie, founder of MCR Pathways, said "Young Glasgow Talent's young people consistently emphasise the difference their mentor makes to them. Trusting relationships are the building blocks on which a young person can have the confidence to explore their potential.

For almost 10 years, MCR Pathway's Young Glasgow Talent programme has been supporting care experienced young people in Glasgow. In that time, over 1000 Glaswegians have committed to those young people in our city that desperately need our help. Helping them to find, grow and use their talents. There are over 3500 looked after young people across the city and Young Glasgow Talent won’t stop until every single one is getting the support that they deserve." 

7 November

CELCIS Christmas Card Competition 2016

CELCIS is enlisting the help of looked after children and young people in Scotland by inviting them to design the cover of the CELCIS 2016 Christmas card.

Entries will judges by a panel of CELCIS judges based on imagination, originality and creativity and the winner will receive a gift voucher to the value of £50. The closing date for entries is Friday 25 November but entries received before the judging date of 1 December will be considered.

Designs should be:

  • Size: A5 or A4 in size
  • Greeting: No greeting is required, just the front design
  • The card can be designed on plain paper or electronically.
  • The finished design will be scanned so should be flat.
  • Materials such as cotton wool or glitter can’t be reproduced
  • Designs should be original so avoid using stencils and stamps.
  • Cartoon characters cannot be reproduced due to copyright laws
  • The e-card will be produced in full colour, so designs should be colourful
4 November


SMN National Event & Recognition Awards 2016

17 November 2016, The Trade's Hall, Glasgow

SQA Accredited Unit in Mentoring Coordination Training - February 2017

08-09 February 2017, SCVO Training Room, Hayweight House, Edinburgh

Edinburgh and Lothians Networking Event

23 March 2017, Edinburgh Training and Conference Venue, 16 St Marys Street, EH1 1SU

SQA Accredited Unit in Mentoring Coordination Training - April 2017

03-04 April 2017, Brunswick House, 51 Wilson Street, Glasgow, G1 1UZ

Fife and Tayside Networking Event

22 June 2017, The Salutation Hotel, 34 South Street, Perth, PH2 8P

Education Thematic Networking Event

9 August 2017, Edinburgh Napier (Sighthill Campus)

Ayrshire Networking Event

13 September 2017, Ayrshire College, Kilmarnock Campus, Hill Street, Kilmarnock, KA1 3HY

Edinburgh and Lothians Networking Event

10 October 2017, ACOSVO, Thorn House, 5 Rose Street, Edinburgh, EH2 2PR

SMN National Event 2017

15 November 2017, St Paul's and St George's Church, Edinburgh

Professional Certificate in Coordinating Mentoring Programmes Training Course

11-12 December 2017, Brunswick House, 51 Wilson Street, Glasgow, G1 1UZ

Fife and Tayside Networking Event

31 January 2018, Dundee University, Dalhousie Building Block 1, ground floor room 6 (1G06) , 75 Old Hawkhill, Dundee DD1 5EN

Youth Networking Event

22 March 2018, AK Bell Library, Sandeman Room, 2-8 York Place, Perth. PH2 8EP

North Networking Event, Places still available

27 March 2018, University of the Highlands and Islands, Inverness College, 1 Inverness Campus, IV2 5NA

Mentor Training Guidance for Mentoring Coordinators Training Course

24-25 April 2018, Brunswick House, 51 Wilson Street, Glasgow, G1 1UZ

Ayrshire Networking Event

9 May 2018, Ayrshire College, Kilmarnock Campus, Hill Street, Kilmarnock, KA1 3HY

Edinburgh and Lothians Networking Event

23 May 2018, YMCA Edinburgh, The Acorn Centre, 1 Junction Place, EH6 5JA

Professional Certificate in Coordinating Mentoring Programmes Training Course

06-07 June 2018, Brunswick House, 51 Wilson Street, Glasgow, G1 1UZ

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