Post-Covid support

Hunter backs mentoring and leadership plan for young

Tom Hunter at Scottish Edge

Sir Tom Hunter: devastating impact of Covid on young

Sir Tom Hunter has announced a £7.5 million investment from The Hunter Foundation in partnership with the Scottish Government towards a £26.9m fund for a Mentoring and Leadership programme for young people across Scotland.

MCR Pathways charity will roll out its Young Scottish Talent mentoring programme and charity and social enterprise Columba 1400 will expand its Leadership Academies for Young People working in partnership to improve education outcomes, career opportunities and life chances. 

A network of volunteer mentors – drawn from business, civic society and the wider public – will offer tailored support to young people through schools as lockdown eases. These volunteers will develop the strong relationships that are at the heart of the programme and key to helping young people achieve their full potential.

Sir Tom said: “The impact of Covid-19 on our young people has been devastating and we now need, with focus, care and speed, to support them in moving to positive destinations using proven models of support.

“Thankfully, we have those models of support in MCR Pathways and Columba 1400 and by combining their skills and support and joining that support up seamlessly with the likes of DYW (Developing the Young Workforce) and SDS (Skills Development Scotland) we believe we can make a massive difference to the 15000 or so young people this programme will support.


“That impact will not only deliver positive destinations to them but make a material and significant impact on our economy both in savings in service provision and in their moving to a positive destination in employment or further education.

“We must work collectively by building on the sum of the parts and dynamically with the customer at the front and centre of this programme in partnership with schools and Local Authorities alike.”

Social Justice Secretary, Shona Robison, said: “I very much welcome this commitment from The Hunter Foundation to support our young people through mentoring and leadership, a programme that will play a vital role in supporting up to 15,000 young people reach their full potential. 

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