Mentoring work gets funding boost

A Strathclyde education project recently received a significant funding boost from Big Lottery Fund Scotland's Investing in Communities programme.

Glasgow Intergenerational Mentoring programme

The University received a grant of £402,268 to work with young people living in disadvantaged areas across Glasgow.

The work focuses on young people who've the potential to enter higher education or take up a professional role but are unlikely to have access to the necessary knowledge, networks, support or confidence needed to make the next step.

Alistair Wilson, Senior Research Fellow at Strathclyde's School of Education, said it is 'fantastic' that the Big Lottery Fund has recognised the University's mentoring work with Glasgow City Council and Springburn Academy and the potential to extend the Glasgow Intergenerational Mentoring programme to other schools in the city.

The extra funding will allow Strathclyde to extend the project to eight Glasgow City Council secondary schools over a three-year period.

Mr Wilson added:

The project will recruit adult volunteer mentors to support, challenge and inspire young people as they plan their futures. It aims to increase both the overall numbers of young people who access higher education but also the numbers that enter the most competitive courses.”

The main aim of the Investing in Communities programme is to 'bring real and lasting improvements to communities and the lives of those most in need'.