Mentor a young person with Move On

What a mentor does

Mentors and young people meet once a week to work together towards a goal.

Goals are as varied as young people themselves! The goal could be learning to play guitar, taking an art class, or going to the gym together.

Being a consistent and trusted adult in a young person’s life can support them to take part in new experiences, develop skills, and increase their confidence.

Our mentors have a genuine passion for helping young people, accept others for who they are, and can listen and offer encouragement without judgement.

Our young people

We support vulnerable young people aged 14-25 in Edinburgh and Glasgow.

The young people we support are displaying “at risk” signs. These signs may include low attendance at school, welfare issues at home, lack of positive social networks, poor mental health, or being bullied.

Many of our young people are referred to Move On by schools, social care, or NHS Scotland Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS).

"I've reached some of my goals already and that gives me a sense of happiness which I feel can sometimes be hard to find especially during our busy lives."

Ailsa, a young person with a Move On mentor

Support and training

We welcome mentors from all walks of life. You don’t need to have any previous experience or qualifications.

Our only requirements are that you are 18 years old+ and can commit 2-3 hours a week for at least six months.

We know that becoming a mentor can be nerve-wracking so we provide thorough training to help you feel completely ready for your new role.

Our training covers:

  • An introduction to mentoring
  • Mental health and wellbeing
  • Trauma awareness
  • Child protection
  • Boundaries and personal safety

And don’t worry about being out of pocket – we cover all expenses for travel and activities.

For more info and to apply

If you’re interested in becoming a mentor, please contact:

  • Stephen in our Edinburgh office on 0131 558 3740 or
  • Andrea in our Glasgow office on 0141 221 2272 or

You can also download our mentor information pack and our mentor application form to find out more.