One of the biggest Public Social Partnership (PSP) agreements in the country has been signed to help raise the aspirations and qualification levels of thousands of Glasgow’s care experienced young people in schools.
The new PSP will build on the partnership that Glasgow City Council has already developed with the MCR Pathways charity and will be extended and formalised to include The Robertson Trust, STV Appeal and the Life Changes Trust.
MCR Pathways has already been running a school-based mentoring programme for care experienced young people across several schools in the east end of Glasgow, with very positive results. This new social partnership secures the mentoring initiative’s long-term future, and the plan is to roll the programme out to all of the city’s 30 secondary schools over the next three years.
Iain MacRitchie, MCR Pathways founder and Chairman, said: "Glasgow has been pioneering throughout its proud history and there is no doubt People Make Glasgow. It is fantastic to be leading a project that combines both to support our most disadvantaged young people to be all they can be. The team and partners we are building is inspired and with the long-term commitment represented in this Agreement, we will impact many generations to come.
"Glasgow is demonstrating in action that it really is a nurturing city that takes care of its own and creates the opportunity for all young people to find, grow and use their talents. "
Harriet Dempster, Chair of the Life Changes Trust care experienced young people programme said: "The Life Changes Trust is passionate about improving the educational outcomes for care experienced young people in Scotland as a means of boosting their life chances. We believe the MCR Pathways Programme offers an unique opportunity for young people facing disadvantage to overcome barriers and achieve their true potential. We are delighted to be providing funding support and working in partnership with others on this exciting venture."