Young Start - Mentor Uist and Barra

Mentor Uist and Barra awardedCommunity Project of the Year

Cothrom was awarded the Community Project of the Year for 2016 by the Scottish Mentoring Network at its annual event in Glasgow. Community involvement has been key to the success of Cothrom’s project Mentor Uist and Barra. More than 10 young people have been, or are about to, receive support from a mentor. The project is also working with S6 pupils at Sgoil Lionacleit as part of their Health and Wellbeing Award. Ten community mentors have been trained so far, with more being trained up, both on Uist and Barra. Congratulations to one of our mentors, Lauren Morrison, who received a National Recognition Award as a Commended Mentor at the national event, too.

Mentor Uist and Barra is engaging with over 15 local partner organisations and agencies and Cothrom would like to thank all the community -- the young people, the volunteer mentors and partner organisations -- for ensuring that Uist and Barra were able to bring home this award. Mentor Uist and Barra is funded by YoungStart.



Thomas Fisher, Project Leader of Mentor Uist and Barra, receiving the award on behalf of Cothrom at the Trades Hall in Glasgow,

with Gillian McCarthy, one of the Directors of the Scottish Mentoring Network.



This two year project started October 2015 to provide mentoring for 70 young people aged 16-24 on Uist and Barra


Outcomes of Young Start:

•  Confident – young people have more confidence and skills
•  Healthy – Young people have better physical, mental and emotional health

•  Enterprising – Young people are better prepared for getting a job or starting a business

This mentoring is available to all young people, from those facing significant challenges to those wanting support to achieve ambitious goals.

This project will enhance support for young people on the islands of Uist and Barra by delivering high quality mentoring “to support and encourage people to manage their own learning [to] maximise their potential, develop their skills, improve their performance and become the person they want to be" (Parsloe).


We will support mentees to follow developmental journeys that meet their own aspirations and needs.

We will not predefine their destinations for them.


Are you 16 to 24 and wanting help to

•  explore new opportunities?

•  increase your confidence?

•  develop new skills?

•  improve your well-being?

•  find your own solutions?

•  fulfil your potential?



Contact Cothrom on 01878 700910 or at



Cothrom can match you with a mentor who is …

•   someone to talk to, and someone who listens

•   someone to help you discover your own solutions

•   a positive role model offering practical help

Our first mentee and his computer repair business

based in the UCVO office, Balivanich


Could you be a volunteer mentor?

Cothrom is looking for volunteer mentors to give that extra support and encouragement to young people.

If you want to do something positive for young people and can commit 1 to 2 hours a week, then get in touch.

Age is no barrier (from 18 to being retired!). You don’t need previous experience, or have all the answers. Cothrom will provide you training and support. You will need enthusiasm and a positive attitude.

“I have learnt so much as a mentor. We built up such good rapport. It was great to see my young mentee pursue what they really wanted to do, not what others thought they should do. And I felt I could contribute something for our young people, for our communities.”

Mentor from Uist


For further information please contact us

on 01878 700910