Catch up on this month's activity on the Scottish Mentoring Network website. Click the headlines to read more...
Scottish Mentoring Network is launching a new campaign to celebrate what sets mentoring apart: goal setting. Whatever stage your mentoring matches are in, they are going to work together to achieve a goal that the mentee has set. No matter whether they are big or small, the goals help give a structure to the personal development journey that the mentee is on.
We know that for many of our projects, setting goals during lockdown initially seemed like an impossible feat! With so many restrictions suddenly imposed on how matches could meet and projects having to decide how to continue mentoring meetings, everything was made much more complicated.
This campaign will help demonstrate how important mentoring is to making a difference in people’s lives through helping set tangible, achievable goals. We want to raise the profile of mentoring in Scotland, but we need your help to do so! We want to highlight your projects amazing work to impress upon our stakeholders how important your work is.
In the network, our members are doing amazing work with their matches in so many different contexts, and we are launching this campaign to celebrate this! Whether it’s a particular goal from one of your matches or the goal of your project, we want to hear from you! You can join our campaign in a number of ways. Here are some examples:
Write a blog about how your project approaches goal setting in your matches
Ask a mentee to record or film themselves talking about how they set a goal and how they achieved it!
Send us a photo of a match who are doing one of their mentoring activities
Sharing the campaign on your social media channel using our assets for Facebook and Twitter
Once you click on the link to preview the videos and photos, right click on the three dots in the bottom right hand corner and click download. You can also email us and we will forward you the social media assets.
Download the animated Facebook asset here
Download the animated Twitter asset here 24 August
Our members, Aberlour Childcare Trust are expanding their services in the Scottish Borders. Working in partnership with the Scottish Borders Housing Association and the local council, they will be expanding their Sustain project. It aims to work with families to prevent children from going into care. This service has also recieved support from The Robertson Trust.
The partners in this project have also confirmed that they will be investing in an eight bed residential service so that children with complicated needs can stay in the Borders. This facility will be built by the Scottish Borders Housing Association and Aberlour will run the service once the facility is completed. The new facility will include 4 beds for children with 4 units created for young people to learn independent living skills. 21 August
Our member projects Move On, Rock Trust and Ypeople are part of a collective of organisations who are aiming to end rough sleeping in Scotland. The group of organisations have published two routemaps outlining how they envison the elimination of rough sleeping. The Everyone Home movement wants to see housing at the heart of the recovery from COVID-19.
Their three main aims cover:
More homes for Good Health
No return to Rough Sleeping
No evictions into Homelessness
Third Force News have recently covered the coalition and focuses on the publication of the second Route Map. The group's campaign, #EveryoneHome, has been launched to raise awareness for the cause.
The second route map demonstrates how changes must be made to prevent homelessness with human rights approach, especially for those in the asylum process. The no recourse to public funds policy forces people into rough sleeping as they cannot access housing benefits available to others, and the group says that this must be changed.
Find out more about the coalition and the campaign at their website: 12 August
Our members MCR Pathways have recently published the findings of their survey, "Listening to the Voices of our Young People". The report details how young people have been affected by lockdown, in particular how young people have coped with home schooling. This is the first of three reports, and gives recommendations based on how the recovery from lockdown should consider all that the young people have shared.
The findings of the report were featured on the STV evening news coverage on the 29th of July and featured some of the mentees from the MCR Pathways programme. Watch the coverage here: 5 August
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