News and blog

Five for the Future and Five More for the Future

Nov. 23, 2015

[CEO BLOG] Michael O'Toole recently attended the ACEVO launch of Remaking the State, a landmark report he co-produced in his role as a Commission member. In this post, Michael shares his thoughts on prevention spending, and how charities like Mentor can play a much greater and more effective role as part of our public services.

The Hearts of kinship care

Nov. 5, 2015

[PROGRAMMES] Mentor is the lead partner in a new kinship care programme run by Big Hearts Community Trust that seeks to use "the power of the club's crest" to support kinship care families in Edinburgh and beyond. The scheme will run a weekly after-school club for children offering football coaching, music tuition and other activities, and a support group for carers providing information, advice and peer support.

NPS prevention requires a holistic approach

Oct. 26, 2015

[CEO BLOG] In this post, Michael O'Toole reflects on the Home Affairs Committee report into psychoactive substances (New Psychoactive Substances - NPS) and the bill proceeding through parliament, which was published on Friday 23 October. The report highlights the importance of the voluntary sector in working alongside schools and other agencies in response to NPS. 

Mentor ADEPIS joins expert meeting with UNESCO, UNODC and WHO

Oct. 20, 2015

[RESEARCH] We were recently given an exciting opportunity to share examples of good practice from Mentor ADEPIS and contribute to the development of new international guidance at a four-day International Expert Meeting on Substance Use among Children and Young People held in Istanbul by UNESCO, UNODC and WHO. 

"We don't get taught enough"

Oct. 19, 2015

[RESEARCH] The findings from Mentor's recent work on school-based alcohol and drug education have been published by the peer-reviewed international journal, Drugs and Alcohol Today.

Mentor takes on the Royal Parks Half Marathon

Oct. 14, 2015

[MENTOR NEWS] On October 11, 2015, Team Mentor joined 16,000 runners in completing the Royal Parks Foundation Half Marathon to raise money and awareness for the important work we and our partners do.


Oct. 14, 2015

[PROGRAMMES] After months of hard work and preparation, the UK trial of the Good Behaviour Game has finally started. GBG Project Officer Alessandra Podestà shares her thoughts from behind the scenes of the trial.

Workshop explores cross-cector youth policy involvement

Sept. 24, 2015

[PROGRAMMES] On 7 September, Mentor's Youth Insight team brought together people from a wide range of organisations to focus on youth engagement and participation in policy development. Participants represented a diverse range of organisations and sectors, including local government, youth/community centres, young offenders' rehabilitation services, education, employability, healthcare and citizenship services and various charities.

Free regional ADEPIS seminar: Effekt

Sept. 8, 2015

[PROGRAMMES] Mentor ADEPIS is determined to bring evidence-based practice to mainstream education. We will do this through the delivery of free regional seminars exploring CAYT quality assessed programmes. We are pleased to announce that our second seminar will look at the Effekt  programme, developed in Sweden, and will take place on Wednesday 7 October 2015.