MPs SAY MENTORING IS KEY TO AIDING SOCIAL MOBILITY AS FIRST ALL-PARTY GROUP ON MENTORING IS LAUNCHED
Labour, Conservative & SNP MPs/Peers have joined together to establish the UK’s first All Party Parliamentary Group on Mentoring. The Group is working in partnership with The Diana Award (a charity legacy to Princess Diana) who run one of the UK’s largest youth mentoring programmes with mentors from the world of work.
The group will be chaired by Preet Gill MP (Lab), who will be joined by Vice Chairs: Nus Ghani MP (Con), Peter Kyle MP (Lab), Lisa Cameron MP (SNP), and Officers: Tim Loughton MP (Con) and Baroness Glenys Thornton (Lab).
An audience of over 40 organisations within the Mentoring sector came together at the launch to talk about the priorities for the sector. James Williams, Lecturer in Education, at the University of Sussex presented research on the link between mentoring and social mobility.
Preet Gill announced the APPG will focus on producing new research into the impact of mentoring in improving social mobility in the UK. In addition, it will aim to bring together organisations within the sector and connect them with businesses to expand mentoring opportunities.
The group will formally launch a research project into the impact of mentoring in aiding social mobility of white working-class boys in February, working with James Williams from The University of Sussex.
The Diana Award’s Mentoring programme connects teams of volunteers from the world of work and groups of school children to develop social action projects. The programme, supported by Prince Harry, found that 81% of young people felt more inspired to engage in their community. Additionally, 95% learnt valuable life skills to help build a brighter future.
In recognition of National Mentoring Week (27th October – 3rd November), Nus Ghani MP (Vice Chair) and Preet Gill MP (Chair) & Tim Loughton MP (Officer) pledged to take on a young mentee in their constituencies (Wealden, Birmingham Edgbaston & East Worthing/Shoreham respectively). Preet Gill wrote to all MPs encouraging them to do the same.
Tessy Ojo, CEO of The Diana Award, says:
“We’re incredibly excited to be working with a talented group of parliamentarians to deliver the UK’s first APPG on Mentoring. We all know what impact quality mentoring can have in shaping a young person’s future. By bringing together businesses and organisations within the sector, we can expand vital mentoring opportunities for some of the UK’s most disengaged young people.”
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