In February of this year, Georgia Gall and Mark Harris from TCA attended the Scottish Mentoring Network Parliamentary reception. This event brought together member projects and MSPs to provide an opportunity to share stories of the mentoring activity taking place across Scotland. Those attending represented a cross section of mentoring models and for a wide range of client groups, from young people affected by homelessness to mentoring for business people. Sandra White, MSP for Glasgow Kelvin constituency, hosted the event and Anas Sarwar, Bill Kidd and Maree Todd MSP attended.
The agenda for the evening began with an introduction from Sandra White MSP who was the host for the event. Allison Calder, Chair of Scottish Mentoring Network, gave an overview of SMN’s remit for ensuring that mentoring in Scotland is delivered to the highest possible standard and to demonstrate the impact of that quality. Maureen Watson, newly appointed Chief Executive of Scottish Mentoring Network talked of her enthusiasm to lead SMN in what is an exciting and dynamic period for mentoring.
We then heard from Katya Allcott, SMN’s Administrator who gave an overview of the #MentoringWorks Campaign. The Minister for Children and Young People, Maree Todd MSP, also spoke of her knowledge that mentoring is making it possible for children and young people to fulfil their potential and reach their dreams.
The guests then heard mentoring stories from TCA’s Georgia and Demi, a mentee and mentor with The Law Society of Scotland. The SMN notes “Their stories were powerful insights into the transformative power of mentoring and were delivered with passion by the two inspirational young women.”