Important News for Glasgow Projects

1 August 2018

Important News for Glasgow Projects

After almost 20 years helping projects in Glasgow to develop and run some fantastic programmes, GMN (Glasgow Mentoring Network) is planning to close on the 30th September, 2018 .

Jacqueline Thomas, who has coordinated and managed the work of the network since its beginning, says, “We are immensely proud of the work of the work GMN has done in the last two decades .

The landscape around mentoring has changed immeasurably since our inception: much of that change has been down to the extraordinary generosity of our members and supporters in sharing their knowledge and experience”.

“From little or no support for organisations working to introduce mentoring to their various projects, we now have a national network in SMN, the foundations of which were laid by fantastic training for mentors and coordinators, and a quality standard through which projects can measure and show their achievement.”

She continues, “Now the time is right to acknowledge those changes and, in a period of much reduced funding, recognise that resources should be focussed on the one national organisation making sure members can continue to receive the best possible support. It’s against this background that the board of GMN has decided to seek to dissolve the Charity; a decision with which I wholeheartedly agree:”

“In many ways we have achieved what most charities would aspire to …and that is a set of circumstances where we are no longer required, so whilst it is a little sad, it is also a cause for celebration.”

“We have had the opportunity to work with an incredible range of projects and people and can’t thank them enough for adding to the incredibly rich body of knowledge we now have in Scotland.”

After September, projects should notice no change in their access to resources, advice and contacts. GMN has ensured that everyone will continue to receive updates directly from SMN, memberships will automatically transfer to the national network and invitations to the various events held will be sent as usual.

Iain Forbes,Scottish Mentoring Network,Strategic Development Manager: “Scottish Mentoring Network would like to acknowledge the tremendous work undertaken by GMN since its inception in the development of mentoring in general and of SMN as Scotland’s national resource for mentoring. In particular we would like to thank Jacqueline who was a founding director of SMN, served as Vice-Chair for many years and Chair from 2012 to 2016. Her knowledge and experience will be greatly missed as will her valued contribution to the growth of effective mentoring in Scotland. From October this year SMN staff will work directly with current members of GMN and provide the same level of support as to all other members in Scotland.”

For further information or any enquiries please contact Jacqueline Thomas at jacqueline@glasgowmentoringnetwork or telephone 0141 204 0721