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New partnership to benefit thousands of Glasgow’s disadvantaged young people

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The Robertson Trust is pleased to support one of Scotland’s biggest public social partnership (PSP) agreements which aims to widen opportunities for Glasgow’s most disadvantaged young people.

Announced this week, the partnership between MCR Pathways and Glasgow City Council will see mentors recruited from all walks of life to offer advice, support and encouragement to care experienced young people who are likely to leave school early. There are currently 15,000 looked after children in Scotland and 3,000 in Glasgow alone, the highest proportion in the country.

The programme, which is also being supported by STV Appeal and the Life Changes Trust, will be rolled out to Glasgow’s 30 secondary schools over the next three years, with school-based Pathway co-ordinators supporting young people and their mentors.

Our Chairman, Dame Barbara Kelly, said: ‘We are delighted to be a partner in this exciting project which works to transform the educational outcomes and life chances for disadvantaged young people in Glasgow.

“The Robertson Trust is committed to reducing the attainment gap for Scotland’s young people by ensuring that disadvantage, which is not a choice, does not prevent someone from realising their potential.

“We believe this project has the potential to be a national exemplar both in terms of the benefit to young people and the deep partnerships between local authorities and charities.’

You can read about the announcement in The Herald and more about the work of MCR Pathways here.

The Robertson Trust is committed to increasing the focus on alternative models of funding for public services in Scotland. Last week, our Director, Kenneth Ferguson, wrote about the growing need in Scotland to align the interest of local authorities, social investors and charities.

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