The Glasgow Intergenerational Mentoring Network (backed by the Big Lottery and run by Strathclyde University and Glasgow City Council) draws on the experience of mature adults, including retired people. It is aimed at pupils with great potential who have experienced many hurdles in their young lives.
SOPA Chair Tom Berney said: This mentoring scheme is a prime example of how older adults, far from being a 'burden' on society, are able to contribute significantly to the future success of young people who will one day make their mark on the world.”
Katie Hunter from the University's School of Education said the project started as a pilot between University researchers and teachers from Springburn Academy. "Under the pilot we matched retired people with pupils who had similar subject or career interests. They were able to provide insights, and provide vital emotional support."
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The scheme now covers seven schools but all city schools could benefit with more mentors. If you can spare an hour a week, and have the desire to help a bright pupil navigate the challenges of attending university or college, visit the website. Full training and project support provided.