Bridge Community Centre’s Mentoring Programme

Children and young people can be referred to the programme by anyone as long as they have the young person and the parent’s consent.

The Bridge Community Centre’s Mentoring Programme is developed and delivered at the centre. It utilises a team of volunteer mentors keen to work with young people and children by forming medium to long term positive mentoring relationships.

By training and equipping mentors to work with the young people, our hope is that it will provide additional support and encouragement to them so that they have opportunity to talk with someone independent and be further encouraged to make the most of their personal abilities. Young people will also be encouraged to explore their skills and interests and to take part in activities outside of the programme which can develop these talents.

The programme has two strands, the first strand works with young people aged 8-18 yrs old and seeks to reduce the numbers of young people being referred into the Children’s Hearing system, to reduce the numbers of young people being allocated to a social worker, to reduce the numbers of young people affected by social isolation and reduce the number of young people engaging in criminal activity.  The second strand looks to support young people aged 16-25yrs old who are looking to engage or currently engaging in training and working towards a positive destination and who would benefit from a mentoring relationship.

The young people who take part in the first strand of the project will be assigned a mentor for a minimum term of one year (there is no maximum term for the programme). The young people and the mentors will share in fun and engaging activities through a quality mentoring relationship. Those on the second strand will have a mentor for the minimum of the length of their training. There will also be group work sessions that they can attend during this time.

The mentor and the young person will both be responsible for exploring the young person’s attitudes and choices and give them non-judgemental, empathetic advice.

The programme has been developed alongside others across Scotland with the guidance, expertise and support of YMCA Scotland.

Download referral Form here: Mentoring Referral Form


Would you like to become a mentor?

Mentoring Programme – Fun proactive supportive

The Bridge Community Centre’s Mentoring Programme is looking for volunteers (aged 18+) to become Mentors for young people; who can be a positive role model providing extra support and encouragement and take part in various fun activities while empowering them to make better decisions for themselves.

If you have a heart to work with young people and have 1-2 hours a week and can commit to the minimum of 1 year then get in touch. Don’t worry about a lack of experience as full training and support will be provided.

If you have any interest in this very rewarding experience, have any questions or would like an application pack please get in touch with Cat MacLeod, Mentoring Coordinator on 01851702432 or 07590286682 or email: