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SMN: Apply now for the 2018 Recognition Awards

We are now accepting applications for the 2018 SMN Recognition Awards. Our annual awards are designed to acknowledge mentoring projects that have made a significant impact over the past year and is open to members of SMN.   25 September

BOOK NOW: SMN National Event 2018

We are pleased to confirm the date of the SMN National Event and Recognition Awards 2018 which will take place at St Paul's and St George's Church in Edinburgh on Tuesday the 6th of November and will run from 10am until no later than 4:30pm. 25 September

MEMBER NEWS: Hospice launches volunteer mentoring service for young people

This month the Prince & Princess of Wales Hospice officially launches its Volunteer Mentor Service.  This exciting new pilot has been a long time in the planning and the hospice is delighted to introduce their Volunteer Mentors. 24 September

NEWS: Toni Twigg selected as the First Minister’s mentee

Toni Twigg, 21-year-old volunteer with the Care Inspectorate has been selected as the First Minister’s next mentee, as part of the ‘First Mentor’ initiative. 24 September

SMN NEWS: welcome to SMN's new Administrator

Katya is the Administrator for Scottish Mentoring Network. She is responsible for the day to day running of Scottish Mentoring Network, and provides support to the rest of the SMN team.     23 September



The initiative pioneered by the Scottish director of charity Action for Children, Paul Carberry, sees specially trained mentors – some of them former criminals – win the trust of young people aged 12 to 18, then support them as they go through employability training and eventually leave their old life behind. 19 September

NEWS: Lauren Brown: Mentor scheme is just the job to prepare youngsters for world of work

Getting today’s school ­leavers prepared for work is much more than simply offering them a job. The rate of change in the jobs market has grown exponentially in the last ten years, with today’s pupils set to eventually work in job roles  17 September


MEMBER NEWS: Inspiring Scotland (We need to be there for young people looked after at home)

14 September

MEMBER NEWS: Mentors available to help autistic residents find work

AUTISTIC residents in Clydebank are being encouraged to take part in a new project aimed at finding employment. 14 September


FUNDING: Big Lottery Fund Relaunches Young Start Programme with £18m

Groups across Scotland can apply now for funding to help change the lives of young people. The Big Lottery Fund has reopened the Young Start Programme with £18 million in dormant banks account funding for projects that involve young people (aged 8 to 24 years) in their design, running and evaluation. 10 September

We know mentoring works for Scottish young people

Joe Connelly Chief Executive Officer of Ypeople defends the value of youth mentoring against suggestions it has little impact on academic achievement. 6 September


Fife and Tayside Networking Event

25 September 2018, DYW Perth & Kinross, Saltire House 3 Whitefriars Crescent, Perth PH2 0PA

BOOKING NOW CLOSED: SMN National Event 2018

6 November 2018, St Paul's and St George's Church, Edinburgh

Glasgow Networking Event

28 January 2019, 10am - 1pm, 51 Wilson Street, Brunswick House, Glasgow, G1 1UZ

FULLY BOOKED -Professional Certificate in Coordinating Mentoring Programmes Training Course

05-06 February 2019, Brunswick House, 51 Wilson Street, Glasgow, G1 1UZ

Ayrshire Networking Event

28 February 2019, 11am -1pm , Centre Stage, Kilmarnock Academy, 15 Elmbank Drive, Kilmarnock, KA1 3BS.

Edinburgh and Lothians Networking Event

19 March 2019, 11am - 2pm, Financial Conduct Authority, Quayside House, 127 Fountainbridge, Edinburgh, EH3 9QG

CANCELLED Central Network Event

22 May 2019, Link Academy, McKinven House, George Street, Falkirk, FK2 7EY

SMN: Youth Arts Mentoring Symposium

28 May 2019, 10:30am -2:30pm Motherwell Concert Hall, Windmillhill St, Motherwell ML1 1AB

Fife and Tayside Network Event

12 June 2019, DC Thomson, 2 Albert Square, Dundee, DD1 1DD

SMN: All network Event Dates released

7 August 2019

Glasgow Networking Event

27 August 2019, 10:30am - 1:30pm Prince and Princess of Wales Hospice, 20 Dumbreck Rd, Glasgow, G41 5BW

Education Networking Event

2 September 2019, 11am-2pm, Edinburgh Training and Conference Venue, 16 St Mary's St, Edinburgh EH1 1SU

New Course Date: Mentor Training Guidance for Mentoring Coordinators Training Course

24 September 2019, Brunswick House, 51 Wilson Street, Glasgow G1 1UZ

SAVE THE DATE: SMN National Event and Recognition Awards

13 November 2019, St Paul's & St George's Church, 46 York Place, Edinburgh

NEW DATES - Professional Certificate in Coordinating Mentoring Programmes Training Course

18-19 November 2019, Brunswick House, 51 Wilson Street, Glasgow, G1 1UZ

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