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Being supported by a mentor


Our mentoring service matches young people (including those who are; looked after, attending SEBD schools, lacking confidence, socially isolated, offending, engaged in risk taking behaviour, misusing substances etc.) with a volunteer mentor. Our mentors are drawn from all walks of life and undergo a thorough recruitment, training and induction process, involving taking up references, a mandatory 10-session training course and membership of the PVG (Protection of Vulnerable Groups) scheme. Some of our mentors have experienced the care system themselves and bring this life experience to matches with looked after young people. The young people and volunteer mentors meet weekly. The mentors’ role is to build positive relationships with the young people in order to support them to achieve their goals. As a pair, they work together towards a goal chosen by the young person. Initial goals often are leisure or skill-based, such as learning to play guitar, boxing or cookery. They plan how to achieve the goal and review progress they make.


The service aims to improve outcomes for vulnerable young people such as increased self-esteem and social confidence, extended social networks and improved employability. The mentors also encourage the young people to focus on employment, training and education opportunities, identifying aspirations, finding out about different options and accessing suitable opportunities. These may include returning to school and increasing attendance, securing employment, applying to and attending college, accessing an apprenticeship etc. One of the key benefits the mentoring relationship offers young people is a reliable, positive relationship within agreed boundaries. This can give the young person vital experience of a positive relationship which they are then able to build with others, slowly developing their positive social networks. This can be key to building resilience and overcoming loneliness and isolation.


Move On premises in Edinburgh and Glasgow and at local venues agreed between mentor and young person.


  • 8-14 year olds in Edinburgh and the Lothians looked after at home – see intandem
  • 14-17 year olds attending Social Emotional Behavioural Difficulty (SEBD) schools, young carers, those at risk of disengaging from mainstream schools or lacking a positive destination.
  • 15-19 year olds who are looked after and accommodated.
  • 16-25 year olds who have experienced homelessness.

Move On’s mentoring services have achieved the Scottish Mentoring Network’s Quality Award.

Volunteering as a mentor


Glasgow, Laura McKechnie – or 0141 221 2272
Edinburgh, Amy Dunn – or 0131 558 3740.

Mentoring Referral Form (Word format)
Mentoring Referral Form (PDF)

External Evaluation

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.  Here is a link to the executive summary of their report.  If you would like a copy of the full report, please contact Janet Mundy (


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