We match volunteer mentors to vulnerable young people aged 14-25 to support them to achieve goals and reach their full potential.

The young people we support are displaying “at risk” signs. These signs may include poor performance at school, truanting, offending, welfare issues, lack of positive social networks, anxiety or being bullied.

Mentors and young people meet once a week to work together as a pair towards a goal of the young person’s choice. Young people often choose recreation or leisure goals, such as learning to play guitar, boxing lessons or taking a cookery class.


The role of a volunteer mentor is to provide a supportive relationship to help a young person achieve a realistic goal of their choice. The emphasis is to connect the young person with social, cultural and leisure opportunities, then support them to build their confidence, skills, potential and positive social networks. Mentors also often support and assist the young person to maintain, re-engage with or seek out education, training and employment opportunities.


Our mentoring service is accredited by the Scottish Mentoring Network and won their Social Care Project of the Year award in 2018.


If you are interested in referring a young person to our mentoring service, please submit a mentoring referral form through our secure upload portal.

Please note that we are not currently able to accept new referrals to our Edinburgh mentoring service – we hope to be open for this again soon. Glasgow referrals are still welcomed.


If you have any questions, please contact:

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

If you’re interested in volunteering as a mentor, please click here.

External consultation

In 2015, Move On commissioned the Centre for Research into Families and Relationships at the University of Edinburgh to carry out an external evaluation of our mentoring services, funded by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation and the Life Changes Trust. You can read the executive summary of their report here.