About us

Our Vision

Our vision is a country where young people are informed and empowered to make the best, healthiest choices for themselves as they grow up. 

Our Purpose

Our purpose is to ensure every young person in the UK has access to the facts when it comes to alcohol and other drugs and is supported in developing essential life-skills and self-worth. Empowering them to make healthy, positive choices as they grow up.

Achieving our Purpose

We work with young people and all those with a stake in their future to ensure schools and families have access to the very best in tools, training and support.  

For those communities where young people face the biggest challenges, we work alongside them to understand the issues and then develop and implement solutions together.  

We recognise it is neither achievable nor desirable to do this alone. We are committed to working with allies and partners to challenge the structural causes of drug harm and further government policy to ensure all young people have the best possible start in life.


Mentor UK is part of the group of charities affiliated with the Mentor International Foundation. Her Majesty Queen Silvia of Sweden (pictured right) established Mentor International in 1994 in collaboration with The World Health Organization. Since then, the organisation has grown to provide support to youth in over 80 countries reaching more than 6 million children.

Mentor International, together with Mentor UK and the other Mentor organisations around the world, is the leading international not-for-profit network empowering youth and preventing substance misuse.

Mentor UK was founded in 1998 and opened a Scottish office in Edinburgh in 2008.