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Glasgow Intergenerational Mentoring Network aims to draw on the experience of volunteer adult mentors to support young people who are hoping to go to university.

These young people may be from more disadvantaged areas of the city or they may be the first in their family to think about entering higher education.

Often this means they do not have access to the necessary knowledge and advice in order to realise this aspiration.

Mentoring involves getting to know a young person and building a relationship through engaging with them one-to-one.

The project needs to recruit volunteer adult mentors to support, challenge and inspire these young people as they envisage and plan their futures. 

The scheme is looking for volunteers who can commit to weekly or fortnightly meetings to support a young person.

“I think that people underestimate the power that they can have in helping someone decide what they want to do. My mentor is a huge factor in me getting here and I genuinely don’t think I’d be here if I didn’t have her helping me.”
Mentor on the scheme

Why the need for mentoring? 

The percentage of young people from Glasgow and its poorest areas in particular that succeed in entering highter education is low.

This attainment gap represents a waste of young people’s talent and contributes to a persistent lack of social mobility.

A range of research indicates that volunteer mentoring, particularly with supportive older adults, can have a positive impact on young people, their educational development and progression.

What's next?

If you feel you have spare time to get to know a young person and support them in achieving their goals, please make contact by visiting the website where you can find out more and make an online application.