Why Mentors Are Crucial To Our Success

Every Longford Scholar is accompanied through their years at university by one of our trained Longford Trust mentors. These volunteers come from all walks of life, all ages and all parts of the country. We offer them initial training, specialist top-up sessions, travel costs and the support of our mentoring manager, Natasha Maw. Many of our graduates report back that what made the biggest impact on them succeeding was the support given by their mentor.


Aliza (right) and her mentor Lou

Who Are Our Mentors?

Some know what it is to be in prison, or have had a criminal conviction. Others have expertise in the subject “their” scholar is studying. Some have professional links useful to them. All are good listeners. All will do everything they can to make degrees and careers more achievable.


Hope And Happiness

CJ is a Patrick Pakenham Scholar, studying Law. She is mentored by barrister, Jessica. In this short film, she explains what a difference that has made, giving her “opportunities and hope, confidence and happiness”.


  • Our mentors come from a wide range of backgrounds.
  • Some have done it before, others are first-timers.
  • All receive training and support from the Trust.
  • Contact Natasha Maw to find out more.

Contact Natasha