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S5W-15882: Jamie Halcro Johnston (Highlands and Islands)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 12 April 2018

To ask the Scottish Government how many young people receive mentoring support, and how this compares with each of the last two years.

Answered by: Jamie Hepburn 27 April 2018

Last year the pilot of the Discovering Your Potential (DYP) employability programme, led by a consortium of Barnardo's, Action for Children and the Princes Trust, was launched with the aim of supporting 270 young care experienced people. The programme actually delivered mentoring support, training and work experience to 326 young people, 130 of whom are still receiving mentoring support from the partners of the Consortium. To date 45 young people have moved into jobs, 69 into further education and 8 into other advanced training. The Consortium's plans for DYP in its second year, are to provide support, training and work experience to a further 270 young people.

The DYP programme is in addition to the support provided year on year to young care leavers through other SG funded employability programmes, such as: Community Jobs Scotland; Activity Agreements; and the Inspiring Scotland 14:19 Fund.

There are 9 organisations that deal with mentoring within the Children, Young People and Families Early Intervention and Adult Learning and Empowering Communities (CYPFEI / ALEC) Fund. The CYPFEI aspect of the Fund aims to improve outcomes for children, young people and their families, improving parenting capacity and family support.

The following table provides mentoring data for these organisations. The data includes both ‘children’ and young people.


Estimate at start of funding

Figures reported at

end of Year 1

     Figures reported    at the

end of Year 2


Apex Scotland                   





LINKnet Mentoring Ltd




They work with adults so there are no figures for young people

Mentor UK





Positive Help





Rape Crisis Scotland





Scottish Mentoring Network




Network not a direct delivery organisation

The Venture Trust




Year 2 report is late so we have no Y2 figures

Working Rite





Youth Scotland






N.B. the figures reported here are for 'children and young people'; we do not collect separate figures for young people.

Data source: Children, Young People and Families Early Intervention & Adult Learning and Empowering Communities Fund - data provided by the above named organisations’ annual reports (April 2016 to March 2018), Corra Foundation.

Further mentoring support is provided by the intandem programme which was co-created by Scottish Government and Inspiring Scotland and the fund was launched by John Swinney in July 2016. The programme is about giving young looked after at home children, aged 8-14, the opportunity to develop a long-term supportive relationship with an adult volunteer from their local community. This is about improving their life chances by helping them to build, through a trained mentor, a consistent, trusting relationship with a positive adult role-model who listens and takes an active interest. The aim is to prevent these vulnerable young people from becoming disengaged with education and helping them to realise their full potential.

The 13 charities delivering intandem were selected by Inspiring Scotland at the end of November 2016. The initial development period involved the charities recruiting and training co-ordinator staff, developing referral pathways with social work teams and recruiting, training and selecting volunteer mentors. The first mentors were matched with young people in February 2017 when there were 3 matches, increasing to 101 matches in March 2018.