Become a mentor to a young person in Glasgow and you could change a life.
Mentors spend a couple of hours a week supporting a young person to achieve a goal. This could be learning to play guitar; going to the gym; or taking part in an art class.
We welcome mentors from all walks of life. You don’t need to have any previous experience or qualifications. As long as you have the drive and commitment to build a positive relationship with a young person, you can support them to achieve goals, build confidence and raise their aspirations.
We will arrange the activities for a day of the week and time that suits you and the young person best.
Full expenses are provided.
Our young people
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).
A young person might also get in touch with Move On directly to ask for a mentor.
Martyn shares his experience of being matched with a mentor and the impact she has had on his life:
The impact mentors make
The role of a mentor is to provide a supportive relationship to help a young person achieve a realistic goal of their choice.
As part of achieving their goal, young people will often take part in new experiences, increase their confidence and self-esteem, develop skills and build positive social networks.
Mentors also often support the young person to maintain, re-engage with or seek out education, training and employment opportunities.
Catrine and Nicole’s experiences
You don’t have to take our word for it! Catrine and Nicole have both shared their experiences of being a mentor to a young person with Move On:
How to become a mentor
We know that becoming a mentor can be nerve-wracking so we aim to make the process as simple as possible:
- Contact Andrea on email@example.com or 0141 221 2272 to register your interest;
- Complete our mentor group training, so you feel completely ready for your new role;
- After you have been matched with a young person, one of our team will take you both out a couple of times so you can get to know each other.
- You will then meet up with the young person in Glasgow for a couple of hours every week to work towards a goal of their choice.
A rewarding opportunity
Mentoring is often as life-changing for mentors as it is for young people. Mentors regularly tell us that they feel more confident, less stressed and have a better sense of purpose in their life.
As well as a way to develop personally, our mentoring service is a unique opportunity to enhance your CV, with mentors improving their leadership and management skills, and many employers highly valuing volunteering.
Importantly our mentoring service is a great way to learn new skills and have fun – whether you’re learning to speak a new language, playing a sport or trying your hand at arts and crafts!
Our mentoring service is accredited by the Scottish Mentoring Network and won their Social Care Project of the Year award in 2018.
Our next mentor group training is due to start at the end of September.
This will take place over three Saturdays (dates TBC).
The training will include:
- An introduction to mentoring
- Mental health and wellbeing
- Trauma awareness
- Child protection
- Boundaries and personal safety
If you’re interested in becoming a mentor to a young person in Glasgow, please contact Andrea on firstname.lastname@example.org or 0141 221 2272.