NCH’s Teen Mentoring Project Recognised

A project in the Highlands designed to help teenagers affected by substance misuse or anti-social behaviour has won national recognition. Gael Og Mentoring, run by children’s charity NCH Scotland, is one of the first such services in Scotland to be awarded Approved Provider Status (APS). The APS scheme was developed by the Mentoring and Befriending Foundation with support from the Home Office.

An assessment of Gael Og described it as “one of the best” in the UK.

The NCH Gael Og Mentoring project started in 2002 and works with young people aged 14-18 across the Highland Council area.

Youngsters are paired with an adult mentor, who has been selected and trained and is from their own community.

The project has worked with 118 young people in Highland since its launch.